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News: Amendments (05-19) to the IMSBC Code

31 December 2019

Members with ships carrying solid bulk cargoes are reminded that IMO Resolution MSC.462(101) – Amendments (05-19) to the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code will enter into force on 1 January 2021. However, some contracting governments may apply these amendments in whole or in part on a voluntary basis from 1 January 2020.

The amendments introduce new individual cargo schedules with specific carriage requirements for the following Group B cargoes (cargoes that possess a chemical hazard which could give rise to a dangerous situation on a ship).

The following cargoes for which a fixed gas fire-extinguishing system may be exempted have been identified and added to the list published by the IMO as MSC.1/Circ.1395/Rev.4

  • Flue Dust, containing Lead and Zinc
  • Matte containing Copper and Lead
  • Zinc Oxide-Enriched Flue Dust

If the ship is carrying above mentioned cargoes, it will be required to add these in the list of cargoes attached to the exemption certificate.

Additionally, the certificate of fitness for ships carrying dangerous goods (DG certificate) will need to be revised to include the following cargoes -

  • Metal Sulphide concentrates, self-heating UN 3190
  • Seed Cakes and Other Residues of Processed Oily Vegetables

Other changes to the IMSBC Code include:

  • The ‘Characteristics’ table, has been replaced for each individual cargo schedule to clarify the Hazard Classification (subsidiary hazard(s) and MHB).
  • The existing individual schedule for 'Seed Cake (non-hazardous)' has been deleted.
  • Addition of a Group A cargo schedule for Bauxite Fines and a corresponding test procedure for determining transportable moisture limit (TML) of Bauxite cargoes.

Members are recommended to refer to the attached IMO documents for further details.