The IMSBC Code & Supplement, 2020 Edition was published by the IMO in October 2019. This new edition incorporates amendment 05-19 (Resolution MSC.462(101)), which may be applied from 1 January 2020 on a voluntary basis, anticipating its envisaged official entry into force on 1 January 2021.
To keep pace with the expansion and progress of the industry, the IMSBC Code, as amended, includes:
Fully updated individual schedules for solid bulk cargoes. In addition, the following 10 new schedules have been added to Appendix 1:
Seed Cakes and Other Residues of Processed Oily Vegetables
Zinc Oxide Enriched Flue Dust
References to the text of SOLAS 1974 as most recently amended;
Updated information from the 2018 edition of the IMDG Code.
Other notable updates to the IMSBC Code include the following:
In Appendix 2, a new, modified Proctor/Fagerberg test procedure for bauxite.
MSC.1/Circ.1395/Rev.4 Lists of solid bulk cargoes for which a fixed gas fire-extinguishing system may be exempted or for which a fixed gas fire-extinguishing system is ineffective (updated from MSC.1/Circ.1395/Rev.2 in 2018 edition);
MSC.1/Circ.1396 Amendment to the Recommendations on the safe use of pesticides in ships applicable to the fumigation of cargo holds (MSC.1/Circ.1264);
BC.1/Circ.74/Corr.1 Contact names and addresses of designated national competent authorities responsible for the safe carriage of grain and solid bulk cargoes.
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 In accordance with Marine Order 34, the IMSBC Code in voluntary effect may be used – so the 2020 edition can be used from 1 January 2020 in Australia. This new edition will not render obsolete the previous 2018 edition which remains valid until December 31, 2020.