Alerting members of the dangers associated with the carriage of certain bulk cargoes and how they can be safely transported under the IMSBC Code.
Palm kernel shells are not to be confused with palm kernel expellers which is listed in the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes ( IMSBC) Code under the generic entries of the various categories of seed cakes. Palm kernel shells are not listed in the IMSBC Code at the moment due to ongoing investigation about the actual properties of the cargo which does not in any way mitigate the dangers that these cargoes carry should one decide to go ahead and fix a shipment on it.
Bauxite cargoes are problematic cargoes capable of experiencing severe liquefaction which unknown at that time, was actually dynamic separation, a phenomenon discovered based on the outcome of the work of the Global Bauxite Working Group. These cargoes will experience dynamic separation, if they are not carried in accordance with the requirements of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes ( IMSBC) Code. Providing the relevant guidance here to guide members accordingly.
Nickel ore is one of the most problematic cargoes to be carried in solid bulk form. This article provides information on why it is so and how it can be shipped safely with some precautions to be taken into consideration.
Iron sand as popularly known is carried under an official bulk cargo shipping name " Titanomagnetite Sand"in the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code. Providing information on the dangers of carrying this cargo, the carriage requirements needed under the IMSBC Code and advice that P&I club should be consulted if necessary.
Iron ore fines, if not carried safely under the requirements of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes ( IMSBC) Code, can be extremely problematic due to its liquefaction tendencies and can risk stability to ship and safety of crew.
A cargo that is extremely highly reactive in the presence of water, reacting with air to produce hydrogen, a flammable gas and heat. The explosion and tragic loss of life on "Ythan" in 2004 as well as the deliberate sinking by the French Authorities of the “Adamandas” (2003) with her cargo and bunkers on board culminated into a new cargo entry called Direct reduced iron ore fines in the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes ( IMSBC ) Code.
Providing information on what types of distillers dried grains are carried as solid bulk cargoes under the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes ( IMSBC) Code as not all are considered non-hazardous (Group C) which is the only cargo entry listed in the IMSBC Code.