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Bulk cargoes other than grain: Regulation of acceptability for loading onboard

The MS (Carriage of Cargoes) Regulations 1999 (SI 1999/336) [ regulation 9 ] applies to ships loading bulk cargoes other than grain. It specifies Prior to loading a bulk cargo other than grain the master must be in possession of stability information, as required by regulation 32 of the MS (Load Line) Regulations 1998 (SI 1998/2241), containing comprehensive information on the ship’s stability and on the distribution of cargo and ballast for the standard loading conditions. The owner must ensure that the master is provided with this information.

The master must not accept for loading concentrates or other cargoes which may liquefy unless either:

• the moisture content of the cargo indicated in the Moisture Content Certificate or Shipper’s Declaration specified is less than its TML; or

• if the moisture content is above that limit, appropriate safety arrangements are made to the satisfaction of the Certifying Authority to ensure adequate stability in the case of cargo shifting, and the ship has adequate structural integrity.

Prior to loading a bulk cargo which is not classified in accordance with regulation VII/2 of the SOLAS Convention, but has chemical properties that may create a potential hazard, appropriate special precautions for its safe carriage must be taken.

The master must not accept cargo for loading unless:

• he has in his possession the appropriate information as specified above;
• he is satisfied by calculations that the proposed loading arrangements would ensure sufficient stability in accordance with the ship’s stability information provided under the MS (Load Line) Regulations 1998;
• the appropriate special precautions, where required by this regulation, have been taken.

A master who accepts cargo for loading in breach of the above requirements will be guilty of an offence.



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