A Group A cargo is one which may liquefy if shipped at a moisture content in excess of its transportable moisture limit.
A Group B cargo is one which possesses a chemical hazard which could give rise to a dangerous situation on a ship.
A Group Group A and B cargo is one which may liquefy and possess chemical hazards
A Group C cargo is a cargo which is neither liable to liquefy (Group A) nor to possess chemical hazards (Group B).
On 5th December 2019, BIMCO held a one-hour long webinar session on the IMSBC Code, highlighting the difficulties that shipowners encounter when they are transporting solid bulk cargoes, together with some BIMCO recommendations put forward that could help improve the situation.
On 21 October 2015, BIMCO held a one-hour long webinar session on the IMSBC Code, highlighting two very relevant issues for members; i.e. on “How to carry bulk cargoes safely – a shared risk?” and “ What is it – identifying cargo hazards under the IMSBC Code”.