The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has issued two recent exemptions in respect of assessing the corrosive properties of solid bulk cargoes.
AMSA issued EX5450 on the 19th of December 2016, which allows shippers of the following solid bulk cargoes
What does the exemption mean?
The exemption means that producers and shippers of the above listed cargoes may use the standard DIN 50 929 Part 3 as an alternative method to evaluate localised corrosion of these cargoes. The rate of uniform corrosion shall still be evaluated using the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria, part III, Section 37 Test C.1 and as prescribed in Section 18.104.22.168.3 in the IMSBC Code, inclusive of the 03-15 amendments. This exemption replaces previously issued EX5389 which is now revoked and was specifically for IRON ORE and IRON ORE FINES only.
EX5451 was issued on the 21st of December 2016 and allows shippers of the following solid bulk cargoes
What are the modifications?
The main change is the use of steel coupons only which are considered to be more representative of ships’ structures. Other notable amendments in the modified test are the sealing of the test container to prevent air exchange, a specified air to solids ratio and more prescriptive guidance on sample introduction and compaction within the test container.
Want more information?
For further information for assessment of localised corrosion according to DIN 50 929 Part 3 (EX5450) or the modified Test C.1 (EX5451) or for any other maritime transport compliance query please contact Davoren Environmental firstname.lastname@example.org.
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