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The IMSBC Code that was adopted by resolution MSC.xx(85) was recommended to Governments for adoption or for use as the basis for national regulations in pursuance of their obligations under regulation of the SOLAS Convention, as amended. The Code is mandatory.

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IMO will soon be publishing the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code and Supplement, 2012 Edition, incorporating Amendment 01-11 (IMSBC Code 2012). This update to the original IMSBC Code 2009 is already available for use, in spite of the lack of a published hardcopy. IMSBC Code 2012 will replace IMSBC Code 2009 starting in 2013 when the IMSBC Code 2009 expires.

What’s it for?

Starting in 1960, IMO began developing an internationally acceptable code of safe practice to address the problems involved in the shipment of bulk cargoes. This became the Code of Safe Practice for Solid Bulk Cargoes (BC Code), several editions of which have been published since the first edition in 1965. In 2008, the BC Code was renamed to be the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code, and it was established that the code would be updated on a regular basis. The IMSBC Code addresses all solid bulk cargoes except for grain; the requirements for the transport of grain are covered by the International Code for the Safe Carriage of Grain in Bulk (International Grain Code), 1991.

The prime hazards associated with the shipment of solid bulk cargoes are:

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  • structural damage due to improper cargo distribution
  • loss or reduction of stability during a voyage
  • chemical reactions of cargoes

Therefore the primary aim of the IMSBC Code is to provide information on the dangers associated with certain types of solid bulk cargoes and to provide procedures to be followed when shipping solid bulk cargoes.

What has changed?

The IMSBC Code 2012 may be used from the start of 2012, though it won’t become mandatory until January 2013.

Changes in this edition include:

  • Fully updated individual schedules for solid bulk cargoes
  • New individual schedules for such cargoes as distillers dried grains with solubles, ferrous sulphate heptahydrate, fly ash wet, granular ferrous sulphate, magnesium sulphate fertilizers and general wood products
  • References to the most recent SOLAS amendments
  • Updated information from the 2010 edition of the IMDG Code

This publication presents additional information that supplements the IMSBC Code, such as the Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers (BLU Code, including BLU Manual) and Recommendations on the safe use of pesticides in ships applicable to the fumigation of cargo holds.

Draft amendment 02-13 to the IMSBC Code agreed

Work on draft amendment 02-13 to the IMSBC Code has begun. It is expected to be finalized in 2012, and the new edition published in early 2013.

It is important to note that IMSBC Code Amendment 02-13 is only a draft at the moment. Upcoming changes presently include:

  • Amendments to the code’s provisions on application and implementation
  • Certificates of test
  • Sampling procedures and complementary test procedures for determining the possibility of liquefaction
  • Revision of some existing schedules for cargo carriage and development of new schedules for specific cargoes

When is it available?

The English edition of the IMSBC Code 2012 is expected to publish March 2012. French and Spanish translations will follow.

Update: the English IMSBC Code 2012 is now available.

Update: the Spanish translation of the IMSBC Code 2012 is now available.

For some dangerous goods together withDangerous Goods Declaration IMDG Code require additional document(s). Netbalancer activation code free. One of which is a “Weathering Certificate”

Let’s look at what is a weathering certificate and when this is required.

Weathering is required for goods to reduce the moisture content, if any.

Example UN 1408 FERROSILICON with 30% or more but less than 90% silicon, Class 4.3.

Ferrosilicon when moist will generate hydrogen which is highly flammable.

The entry in DG list UN 1403 is assigned with special provision 932 which states Requires a certificate from the maker or shipper, stating that the shipment was stored under cover, but in the open air, in the size in which it was packaged, for not less than 3 days prior to shipment.


For IRON OXIDE, SPENT – UN 1376 Class 4.2: IMDG Code recommends through observation column in DG List that weathering of at least 8 weeks before shipment is needed if not packed in metal drums.

So which substance require a weathering certificate?

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A substance require a weathering certificate when same is asked for in the individual entry in Dangerous Goods List.

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