A handy revision guide to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code
The safe carriage of dangerous goods at sea
Before this blog moved on from the Document of Compliance for Dangerous goods, it will have a quick look at its related code, the IMDG code. Its only a quick glance, as the code is a complex read, and one worthy of closer look later on this blog.
What is the purpose of the IMDG code?
- Enhance the safe carriage of dangerous goods
- While facilitating the free unrestricted movement of such goods
- Prevent pollution to the environment
Why is does the IMDG code need to be complied with?
SOLAS chapter VII Dangerous goods.
“Regulation 3 – Requirements for the Carriage of Dangerous Goods
The carriage of dangerous goods in packaged form shall be in compliance with the relevant provisions of the IMDG Code.”
When was the IMDG code first introduced?
The code was first produced in 1965, but it was only recommendary status until 2004.
IMDG code contents
The IMDG code comes in two volumes, the first one with general instructions, and the second one containing the specific instructions for each type of dangerous goods.
Part 1 General Provisions, definitions and training
Application, Definitions, Training, Security, general provisions for radioactive material
Part 2 Classification
The IMDG goods classes, 1 to 9, explained
Part 3 Dangerous goods list – contained in Volume 2
Part 4 Packing and tank provisions
Part 5 Consignment procedures
Part 6 Construction and testing of packages, IBCs, portable tanks, MECGs and road tank vehicles
Part 7 Provision concerning transport operations
3.2 Dangerous goods list
3.3 Special provisions applicable to certain substances, materials or articles
3.4 Dangerous goods packed in limited quantities
3.5 Dangerous goods packed in excepted quantaties
Appendix A List of generic and N.O.S. proper shipping terms
Appendix B Glossary of terms
Information contained in the Dangerous goods list
- UIN number
- Proper shipping name
- Class or division
- Subsidiary risks
- Special provisions
- Limited and excepted quantity provisions
- Portable tanks and bulk containers
- Stowage and handling
- Properties and observations
Sources of useful IMDG information
- IMO webpage of IMDG amendments
- UK MGN 30 IMDG code and cargoes carried in cargo transport units
- UK guidance on the shipping of dangerous goods
- MCA interpretation of the certification and vehicle/container packing certificate requirements of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code
- UK Dangerous goods declaration note
- UK MGN 545 Transportation of dangerous goods (marine). Guidance on the transport of dangerous goods when carried in a private vehicle, or by a foot passenger on a Ro-Ro ship.
- The IMDG code in the Navsregs store