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Mill Scale

28 February 2022

BIMCO continues to receive enquiries about mill scale, in particular, on how this solid bulk cargo is classified and how it should be carried under the requirements of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes ( IMSBC) Code. This article explains what is mill scale, its properties and characteristics and how its carriage requirements under the IMSBC Code have changed over the years and informs members of the present mandatory carriage requirements for this cargo under the IMSBC Code.

IMDG Code

27 August 2020

The International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code) is pubslished by the International Maritime Organization.

The Polar Code

16 November 2021

Introduction of the Polar Code with a summary explanation of each of the chapters, including submissions made by relevant stakeholders regarding enforcement of the Code. Also providing easy reference regarding the application requirements of the Polar Code by each Arctic state.

Dangers associated with the carriage of iron sand

19 November 2020

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.

Assignment of Bulk Cargo Shipping Name ( BCSN)

22 December 2020

Providing information on assignment of a Bulk Cargo Shipping Name (BCSN) in the IMSBC Code and the latest amendment made to such assignment, brought about by Amendment 05-19.

Dangers associated with the carriage of bauxite

24 March 2021

Bauxite cargoes are problematic cargoes capable of experiencing severe liquefaction if not carried in accordance with the requirements of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes ( IMSBC) Code. Providing the relevant guidance to guide members accordingly.

Dangers associated with the carriage of direct reduced iron (C ) fines

19 November 2020

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.