The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has just released revision 3 of IMO circular - MSC.1/circ.1395, updating the list of solid bulk cargoes that can be exempted from having a fixed fire-extinguishing system in the cargo spaces under the provisions of SOLAs regulation II-2/10.7.1.4.
The said list now includes the following new exempted cargoes, which are new cargoes incorporated into Amendment 03-15 to the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes ( IMSBC) Code:
The "BIMCO Basic IMSBC Code Step-by-Step User Guide Chart Guide" has also been updated to take into account of the revised IMO circular. The said circular will replace MSC.1/circ.1395/rev.2.
To find out more about the carriage requirements of the above exempted cargoes under the IMSBC Code, please go to our on-line BIMCO solid cargo database for guidance.
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