The International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC Code) 2016 Edition - What's new with MHB classification and how it will impact shippers
The principal aim of the IMSBC Code is to enable 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 practices and procedures to be followed when planning to ship solid bulk cargoes.
The IMSBC Code is subject to updates every two years to keep pace with the nature and variety of solid bulk cargoes presented for shipment, and developments in understanding regarding the safest ways to carry established solid bulk cargoes.
In June 2015, the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) adopted the most recent amendments Resolution MSC.393 (95) specifying forthcoming changes to the IMSBC Code. Amongst the adopted amendments (03-15) are included specific changes to Section 9 of the Code Material Hazardous only in Bulk (MHB).
According to the adopted amendments, where a cargo is found to meet one or more of the chemical hazards for MHB designation as defined below, a notational reference for each hazard must be included in the “Class" cell. A summary of the notational references to be used is presented below:
Summary of Notational References for Classification of Relevant MHB Hazards
Resolution MSC.393(95), incorporating amendment 03-15, may be applied from the 1st of January 2016 on a voluntary basis, anticipating its envisaged official entry into force on the 1st of January 2017.
* Where deviations from the chemical hazards described in 188.8.131.52 to 184.108.40.206 of IMSBC Code have been determined (Other hazards (OH)), they shall be properly recorded with justifications. Other hazards are to be included in the section for “hazard” in the individual schedule.
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AMSA exemption relating to an alternative test for assessment of localised corrosion of IRON ORE and IRON ORE FINES
On 9th June 2016, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued an Exemption allowing for shippers of IRON ORE and IRON ORE FINES to use an alternative method for evaluation of the localised corrosive properties of these cargoes for Material Hazardous in Bulk (MHB) classification.
Who does the exemption apply to?
Producers and Shippers of IRON ORE and IRON ORE FINES as described in Appendix 1 schedules of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code inclusive of the amendments adopted by Resolution MSC 393(95).
What does the exemption mean?
The exemption means that shippers of IRON ORE and IRON ORE FINES 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 and as prescribed in Section 220.127.116.11.3 in the IMSBC Code.
This exemption is specifically for IRON ORE and IRON ORE FINES only and is based on the result of evidence presented for these cargoes. As stated in the exemption a copy of the exemption is to be provided to the master where the exemption is used.
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 Corrosion of metals; probability of corrosion of metallic materials when subject to corrosion from the outside; buried and underwater pipelines and structural components. September 1985.
Microorganism-based commercial cleaning products can now be assessed under Accord’s Recognised® – Environmental Credentials Scheme
Accord Australasia (Accord), the national industry association for the hygiene, cosmetic and specialty products industry, today announced expansion of the Standard Criteria for its Recognised® Environmental Credentials Scheme. This exciting development now means that microorganism-based commercial cleaning products can be assessed and licensed under the Recognised® Scheme.
What is the Recognised® Scheme?
How are the Criteria Developed?
Who Can Apply?
This Scheme establishes requirements for commercial cleaning products, that is, products formulated for maintaining hygienic conditions in workplaces, institutions, warehouses and industrial facilities. This Scheme includes, but is not limited to, the following products for use in commercial applications:
The scheme is open to members and non-members of Accord.
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