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4th BIMCO report on the IMSBC Code Amendments - Re-classification of dangerous goods

09 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 4th article in the series. Today, BIMCO reports on the re-classification of Group B cargoes in the 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.

BIMCO Liquid Cargo Database updated

06 December 2021

The liquid cargo data set containing information on some 260 individual cargoes. Guidance has been updated and more cargo entries added.

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.

Dry Bulk Shipping

10 February 2010

Solid demand picture in a stabilized market but a tsunami of ships are expected to be launched in 2010

Bulk Carrier Safety Clause 1996

10 January 2022

Terminal operators engaged in the loading and discharging of high density solid bulk cargoes are not always aware of the increased stress, torsional, bending and shear forces to which a vessel may be subjected during these operations, Very often speed of loading or discharging is the only consideration and thus this may result in a wrong distribution of cargo, which may damage the vessel. The loading or discharging plan prepared by the ship's officers takes into account the various factors which may cause undue stress and should be adhered to. However, supervision by the ship's officers is often difficult and, even with almost instant communication, the high loading speeds can cause overloading and thus damage in a very short time. It is therefore important that the Charterers instruct Terminal Operators to closely follow the loading or discharging plans and IMO has recently issued a Ship/Shore Safety Checklist to ensure that there is proper co-operation between Terminal Operators and Vessel's Command during cargo operations.

Dangers associated with the carriage of iron ore fines

19 November 2020

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.