7th BIMCO report on the IMSBC Code Amendments entering into force - be ready


BIMCO started reporting from 30 September 2020,  a series of articles, informing members of what to expect in the revised International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code (Amendment 05-19), which will come into force on 1 January 2021. This is the 7th and last article in the series to assist members in getting ready for the revised Code.

Where to Purchase Amendment 05-19 (2020 edition)

You are strongly encouraged to have a copy of the IMSBC Code, 2020 Edition for your information and guidance. You can purchase it easily at the IMO webshop/local distributors.

IMSBC Code & Supplement ( 2020 Edition, incorporating amendment 05-19)

English IJ260E, ISBN 978-92-801-17196

French IJ260F,  ISBN 978-92-801-25238

Spanish IJ260S  ISBN 978-92-801-31680

Price: GBP 70

The cargoes listed in the above IMSBC Code can also be viewed easily online via our BIMCO Solid Cargo Database. 

BIMCO Solid Cargo Database 

BIMCO online Solid Bulk Cargo section has been updated. There are two cargo databases available now; one containing the current IMSBC Code in force ( Amendment 04-17) and the other contains cargoes under Amendment 05-19. It should be noted that Amendment 04-17 remains mandatory until 31 December 2020. Notwithstanding that Amendment 05-19 will enter into force on 1 January 2021, contracting member states or governments to the SOLAS Convention can apply part or whole of the amendment into their national legislation on a voluntary basis.

To view the above amendments, please go to the online BIMCO Solid Cargo Database.

BIMCO Basic IMSBC Code Step-by-Step User Guide Chart

For those who are not familiar with the IMSBC Code but need to have an over-arching view of the Code and its main requirements, the BIMCO basic IMSBC Code Step-by-Step Guide chart will be of useful guidance and there are two charts; one for Amendment 04-17 and the other for Amendment 05-19.

BIMCO’s listings of Cargoes under the IMSBC Code Classification 

The IMSBC Code does not have individual listings of cargoes under the various classification groups, which can make checking of your cargo that you are fixing a cumbersome task, in particular if you wish to know if your cargo belongs to the Group B classification for dangerous cargoes, or Group A cargoes that liquefy or it is a non-dangerous cargo (Group C) which would be safe to carry.  To assist members in this regard, BIMCO has prepared these group listings of cargoes exclusively for members’ use. When you do find the cargo that you are looking for under a particular listing, with an instant click on the cargo, this  will lead you straight to the mandatory carriage requirements of that cargo. 

To view the listings, please go to the  BIMCO's Group listings of cargoes.

The full BIMCO IMSBC Code Amendment 05-19 Reports

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