Amendments (37-14) to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code will enter into force on January 1, 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
The Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation will conduct a public meeting in Washington, DC on January 16, 2002. The meeting is for the purpose of discussing the outcome of the 20th session of the United Nation’s Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. 66 Fed. Reg. 66753 Source: HK Law
The IMO issued a Circular from the Subcommittee on Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargoes and Containers (DSC) reporting that inspections of containers loaded with UN1057 – Lighters or Lighter Refills – have shown an increasing number of incidents of explosive gas concentrations caused by leaking lighter fuel. Care should be exercised when handling such containers and checks should be performed when leaks are suspected. DSC/Circ. 23 (HK Law)
The Dutch have a long history of river transport with large rivers such as the Rijn, Maas and Schelde traversing the country. These waterways are used to carry a wide diversity of goods including dangerous substances within the Netherlands and to and from Germany and Belgium. Although accidents are rare, the consequences of ship collisions could be great and DNV has been involved ever since the first initiatives were taken to monitor risks
Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) brings to notice that the new amendments to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code will become mandatory on 1 January 2016. The amendments to the IMDG Code contained in Resolution MSC.372(93) Amendments were adopted in May 2014, at IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee 93-rd session, as RS timely informed all the interested parties.
Classification society Korean Register (KR) announced the release of its latest KR-CON software. The essential software tool, now in its 14th edition includes an enhanced and increasingly critical dangerous goods program, which has been developed in-house, as one of its key functions. KR-CON offers a comprehensive electronic database of International Maritime Organization (IMO) instruments, providing all of the latest IMO Conventions, Codes, Resolutions and Circulars
The U.S. Coast Guard has authorized ABS to act on its behalf to issue the Document of Compliance (DOC) for U.S.-flag vessels transporting dangerous goods under SOLAS 74. ABS will hold technical reviews and confirm compliance of these vessels to the statutory requirements. The relationship between the USCG and ABS is demonstrated by the Alternative Compliance Program (ACP) jointly developed with the USCG that allows ABS to perform work historically conducted by the regulatory body.
IMO Will Focus on Security Issues Security issues to fore at IMO safety meeting Maritime security issues are high on the agenda of IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), which meets for its 75th session from May 15 to 24 , as Member States prepare for a Diplomatic Conference on Maritime Security scheduled for December 2002, at which any new or amended legislation could be adopted. Other major issues to be tackled include the adoption of proposed amendments to the International Convention for
To ensure the continuing safety and promote the efficiency of inland waterway transport, Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has released an update to the GL Rules for Inland Navigation Vessels (INV). The update to the rules came into effect on 1 November 2011 and consists of rules for: classification and surveys; hull design and construction; machinery, systems and electricity; and additional requirements for notations.
Intertanko, the International Parcel Tankers Association (IPTA), the Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI), the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council (DGAC) have completed a comprehensive information paper on the requirements for Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for Chemical Tankers. This information paper brings together the regulatory requirements and guidance governing the provision of SDS and outlines the key information that should be
Year-on-year increase of 65 percent; more than 4,300 cases worldwide Container shipper Hapag-Lloyd said it registered considerably more incorrectly declared dangerous goods last year, compared to 2014. The Watchdog program developed jointly by Hapag-Lloyd’s IT and dangerous goods
Mandatory requirements for the electronic exchange of information on cargo, crew and passengers have been adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), as part of a revised and modernized annex to the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL)
The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) deadlines that went into effect on June 1 and December 1, 2015, respectively, have had a significant impact on U.S. chemical manufacturers and distributors.
One of the first three women in Africa to obtain a Marine Pilot open license in 2011, Pinky Zungu has again made history with her appointment as Transnet National Ports Authority’s first black female Deputy Harbor Master – Nautical for the Port of Durban.
Two huge explosions tore through an industrial area where toxic chemicals and gas were stored in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin, killing at least 50 people, including at least a dozen fire fighters, officials and state media said on Thursday.
Rescue crews have found 114 bodies, with 95 people still missing, 85 of whom are firefighters, after two huge explosions China’s Port of Tianjin where dangerous chemicals and goods are stored late Wednesday night, Xinhua news agency reports.
China's port authorities will strengthen supervision of dangerous goods shipments following devastating explosions at Tianjin port last week, the Ministry of Transport said on Wednesday. Port authorities from provinces including Zhejiang, Liaoning and Guangdong have asked shipping firms
Essential Resource for Transportation or Handling Incidents Involving Hazardous Materials Labelmaster offers the 2016 edition of the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) – a must have for anyone who handles or transports dangerous goods (hazardous materials)
ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd, Israel has decided to enhance its stowage planning for its containership fleet (currently 93 ships) in the future by using the software StowMan[S] from INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG, the software and services provider for maritime navigation and
The Port Logistics seminar was officially opened on Wednesday this week by Alexander De Croo, Belgian deputy prime minister and minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services. The seminar is organised by APEC-Antwerp/Flanders Port Training Center
Speaking at this year’s IUMI annual conference in Berlin, Nick Derrick, Chairman of IUMI’s Cargo Committee warned that large cargo losses were having a significant impact on the marine insurance sector. The recent incident at the port of Tianjin should, according to Derrick
On 1 October 2015 the Maritime Single Window (MSW) portal will be launched for reporting of information regarding entry at port. From that date reports that were previously made in SafeSeaNet Sweden (SSNS) will be made in the portal, and simultaneously the reporting system of Port of
Hapag-Lloyd and Maersk Line have agreed to cooperate in increasing the safety of dangerous goods following a meeting today in Hamburg in which Maersk Line showed interest to implement a tracing system similar to Hapag-Lloyd’s watchdog program into its business processes.
A number of important amendments to IMO treaties enter into force on 1 January 2016, including new requirements for verification of compliance, making audits mandatory under the IMO Member State Audit Scheme. Other amendments entering into force include SOLAS amendments to require
Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) has issued Certificates of approval for tank containers made of polymer composite materials (PCM) intended for transportation of aggressive media. The manufacturers of tank containers are JSC “Research and production corporation