More solid bulk cargoes exempted from CO2 fittings and updated BIMCO IMSBC Code Basic User Guide Chart


New solid bulk cargoes added to list for exemption from having a fixed fire-extinguishing system in the cargo spaces. See revised IMO circular.

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/

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:

  1. Amorphous sodium silicate lumps
  2. Boric acid
  3. Clinker ash
  4. Monocalciumphosphate (MCP)
  5. Monoammonium phosphate (M.A.P), mineral enriched coating
  6. Sand, mineral concentrate, radioactive material, low specific activity (LSA-I) UN 2912
  7. Wood pellets (not containing any additives and/or binders) and
  8. Metal sulphide concentrates, corrosive, UN 1759.

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.


Ai Cheng Foo-Nielsen
in Copenhagen, DK


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