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International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMBSC) Code and Supplement, 2009 Edition replaces BC code

The primary aim of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code, which replaces the Code of Safe Practice for Solid Bulk Cargoes (BC Code), is to facilitate the safe stowage and shipment of solid bulk cargoes by providing information on the dangers associated with the shipment of certain types of solid bulk cargoes and instructions on the procedures to be adopted when the shipment of solid bulk cargoes is contemplated.

It provides guidance to Administrations, shipowners, shippers and masters on the standards to be applied in the safe stowage and shipment of solid bulk cargoes excluding grain (which is dealt with under separate rules). The code includes general advice on the procedures to be followed whenever bulk cargoes are to be shipped, a description of the hazards associated with certain materials, lists of typical materials currently shipped in bulk and details of recommended test procedures to determine various characteristics of solid bulk cargo materials.

The IMSBC Code were applied from 1 January 2009 on a voluntary basis, anticipating its envisaged official entry into force on 1 January 2011, from which date it will be mandatory under the provision of the SOLAS Convention.

To keep pace with the expansion and progress of industry, in recent years, the Code has undergone many changes, including:
This publication presents additional information that supplements the IMSBC Code, such as the Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers (BLU Code) and Recommendations on the safe use of pesticides in ships applicable to the fumigation of cargo holds.

The International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code and Supplement is commended to Administrations, shipowners, shippers and masters and all others concerned with the standards to be applied in the safe stowage and shipment of solid bulk cargoes, excluding grain.

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