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UN 3077 solid bulk cargoes

16 January 2024

BIMCO continues to receive enquiries on UN 3077 solid bulk cargoes and how they should be handled under the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes ( IMSBC) Code. BIMCO provides an explanation including an interpretation on how these cargoes are viewed in the IMSBC Code.

The Polar Code

21 December 2022

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.

BIMCO supports new Group A definition of cargoes that may liquefy

17 September 2019

BIMCO has contributed to a discussion at the IMO to change the definition of Group A cargoes that may liquefy, after new research on liquefaction of bauxite cargoes concluded that dynamic separation can also affect cargo stability in addition to liquefaction.

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.

Dangers associated with the carriage of bauxite

18 April 2023

Bauxite cargoes are problematic cargoes capable of experiencing severe liquefaction which unknown at that time, was actually dynamic separation, a phenomenon discovered based on the outcome of the work of the Global Bauxite Working Group. These cargoes will experience dynamic separation, if they are not carried in accordance with the requirements of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes ( IMSBC) Code. Providing the relevant guidance here to guide members accordingly.

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.