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Dangers associated with the carriage of palm kernel shells

19 November 2020

Palm kernel shells are not to be confused with palm kernel expellers which is listed in the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes ( IMSBC) Code under the generic entries of the various categories of seed cakes. Palm kernel shells are not listed in the IMSBC Code at the moment due to ongoing investigation about the actual properties of the cargo which does not in any way mitigate the dangers that these cargoes carry should one decide to go ahead and fix a shipment o it.

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. 

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.

6th BIMCO report on Amendments to the IMSBC Code entering into force - re-assignment of bulk cargo shipping names for generic dangerous goods.

22 December 2020

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 6th article in the series. Today, BIMCO reports on how a Bulk Cargo Shipping name (BCSN) is assigned to  generic dangerous goods carried in solid bulk cargo form as a result of Amendment 05-19.

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

23 December 2020

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.

5th BIMCO Report on the IMSBC Code Amendments entering into force - New Table of Characteristics

27 November 2020

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 5th article in the series. Today, BIMCO reports on a new table of physical properties and hazard classification for cargo entries in the IMSBC Code.