Statutory Alert: Amendments (37-14) to the IMDG Code Applicability: All shipowners, operators and shippers involved in transporting dangerous goods
Amendments (37-14) to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code will enter into force on 1 January, 2016, and include many editorial and technical changes to the Code’s operational requirements.
The amendments will not affect the dangerous goods certification issued by Lloyd’s Register, which is related to SOLAS regulation II-2/19.
The amendments to the Code include:
Part 1: New and amended definitions as well as a new provision for the carriage of lamps containing dangerous goods.
Part 2: Numerous updates to the classification of substances.
Part 3: Various updates to the Dangerous Goods List, including dividing Column 16 (Stowage and segregation) to provide more detailed information on the requirements under Part 7. Amendment of special provisions SP 961 and SP 962 to provide clarity on the carriage requirements for combustion engines, fuel cell engines and battery-powered engines (UN 3166 and UN 3171).
Part 4: New and amended packing instructions, including special packing provisions for radioactive materials and special provisions for portable tanks.
Part 5: Revised marking, placarding and transportation documentation requirements.
Part 6: New provisions for UN pressure receptacles, updated packing and transportation requirements for radioactive materials, updated marking for intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) and a more durable marking requirement for certain portable tanks.
Part 7: Development of new code lists for stowage, handling and segregation of dangerous goods. Also, instructions to prevent the use of counterfeit refrigerant gases.
Supplement: Revision of the emergency response schedule for water reactive materials in the EmS Guide (see MSC.1/Circ.1476 for details).
For more details on the amendments, please see IMO Resolution MSC.372(93).
What do owners, operators and shippers need to do now?
If you are an owner or operator of ships intending to carry packaged dangerous goods cargoes, you will need to implement the new requirements by January 1, 2016.