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UK – Carriage of dangerous goods and marine pollutants

UK MCA issues Merchant Shipping Notice The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted a Merchant Shipping Notice providing guidance on the transportation of dangerous goods and marine pollutants in packaged form by sea on ships within United Kingdom waters and on United Kingdom ships wherever they may be.All persons involved in the transport and preparation for transport of dangerous goods under the provisions of the IMDG Code must comply with the changes brought about by the amendment.Transitional ArrangementsAmendment 37-14 to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code has been approved and adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and enters into force internationally on 1 January 2015, with a twelve month "transitional period" until 31 December 2015.From 1 January 2015 until 31 December 2015 dangerous goods and marine pollutants in packaged form shall be shipped either:in accordance with the mandatory IMDG Code 2012 Edition incorporating Amendment 36-12; orin accordance with the IMDG Code 2014 Edition incorporating Amendment 37-14.Arrangements from 1 January 2016From 1 January 2016 dangerous goods and marine pollutants in packaged form shall be shipped only in accordance with the IMDG Code 2014 Edition incorporating Amendment 37- 14.The final form of the 2014 Edition comprises two volumes. This ...

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Amendments to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code

Compliance with the amendments becomes mandatory on 1 January 2012 On 21 May 2010, the International Maritime Organisation's (IMO's) Maritime Safety Committee at its eighty-seventh session adopted the amendments to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code contained in Resolution MSC.294(87). Contracting governments have been able to apply the new requirements, in whole or in part, on a voluntary basis since 1 January 2011. Compliance with the amendments becomes mandatory on 1 January 2012.Of the many changes to the IMDG Code, those of particular interest include:A number of new entries for calcium hypochlorite (UNs 3485, 3486 and 3487, Class 5.1). This commodity has led to a number of severe fires on board vessels¹.A new entry for iodine (UN 3495, Classes 8 and 6.1).A new entry for nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries (UN 3496, Class 9). Several fires and explosions have originated in packages of nickel metal hydride batteries.A new limited quantities mark.An amendment to the marine pollutant mark.A new chapter 5.5 "Special Provisions" covering the "Special provisions applicable to fumigated cargo transport units (UN 3359)".The amendments to the Code (amendments 35-10) have been incorporated into the 2010 edition of the IMDG Code.Members are reminded to ensure that their vessels comply ...

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