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The second set of amendments made to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC) relates to tackling situations arising out of harassment and bullying on board ships and the extension of the validity of the MLC in cases where a new certificate cannot be issued immediately after a renewal inspection has taken place.
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.
A Group B cargo is one which possesses a chemical hazard which could give rise to a dangerous situation on a ship.
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.
BIMCO providing easy-to-understand information about HME substances and its relation to MARPOL Annex V and the IMSBC Code.
A Group A cargo is one which may liquefy if shipped at a moisture content in excess of its transportable moisture limit.