In light of the revised International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code, which will come into force on 1 January 2021, BIMCO reported new developments that affect the code.
The revised IMSBC Code which wlll come into force on 1 January 2021, and BIMCO informs on what changes are made to the “Seed cakes” entries in the IMSBC Code.
INTERCARGO, and DBTG (International Dry Bulk Terminals Group) collaborated with Vistrato Limited, specialists in online dry bulk training, for the launch of a comprehensive guide for ships and terminals handling solid bulk cargoes during the current global pandemic.
Uruguay’s Coast Guard Authorities have issued a new by-law, “Disposición Marítima N° 172”, which establishes the mandatory compliance with the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code.
The Bahamas Maritime Authority issued a maritime bulletin informing of the voluntarily “early” implementation of the revised IMSBC Code concerning all ships registered in the Bahamas Authority.
IMO published the summary of the Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers, 6th session (CCC 6), which took place from 9 to 13 September 2019. The Sub-Committee validated a new IMO Model Course on Safe Handling and Transport of Solid Bulk Cargoes.
In its Monthly Safety Scenario for April, the Swedish Club describes a case of cargo damage caused by water ingress due to a crack on the hatch coaming. The incident resulted in several days of delay for the ship to get the wet cargo off the vessel, while most of the cargo was refused by the buyer.
North P&I Club has launched a new series of bite-sized training packs to help seafarers avoid the contributing factors to workplace casualties. The first training pack focuses on the Can Test, the IMSBC complementary test for bulk cargoes, to address suspected bulk cargo liquefaction, which has claimed lives of an estimated 112 seafarers since 2007.
Intercargo welcomes the latest amendment to IMSBC Code 04-17 which entered into force on 1st January 2019 and includes important updates related to cargoes that may liquefy. In this regard, the association notes that moisture related cargo failure mechanisms, widely known as liquefaction, continue to be a major concern for dry bulk shipping.
2019 kicked off with the data collection on fuel oil consumption, alternative mechanisms to comply with the 2020 Sulphur cap, the EU Ship Recycling Regulation, the IMSBC Code 2017 amendment as well as amendments designating North Sea and Baltic Sea as ECAs. With many more regulations and developments still yet to come, nations from all across the globe, ship operators and crew are going through a key period because of ten major issues that will have significant impact over the next ten years in the shipping industry.
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