Cracking the Code

MARITIME The latest amendment to the IMDG Code can now be used and will become mandatory on January 1, 2016. It shares many changes with its modal counterparts but adds some significant maritime-specific updates


Late change to IMDG Code

The International Maritime Organisation has published an errata \ corrigenda document for the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code.

Final part of the jigsaw

LQ A year ago the Bulletin published an article outlining the promise of an end to the confusing lack of modal harmonisation in the transport of dangerous goods in limited quantities. That promise is close to being fulfilled, as Martin Castle reports

Rock Solid

MARITIME Most of the substances that present a hazard during transport are liquid or gaseous but there are some solids that cause problems. Batteries are also turning up in the marine incident list with increasing regularity, something the UK P&I Club is aiming to stop

The week the Greeks went green

Athens was a busy place in June. A combination of tourists, Olympic delegates and shipping tycoons and, more noticeably, the taxis filled the streets, bringing an estimated €55m to the region in three days.

Decisions deferred at BLG

The International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) Bulk Liquids & Gases Sub-committee (BLG), meeting this past February, failed to make decisions in a number of areas of concern to tanker operators, as its focus was very much on the agreement of revisions to air pollution codes. However, there was substantive agreement on proposed amendments to Annex I of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (Marpol) covering the prevention of maritime pollution during ship-to-ship (STS) oil transfer operations.

IMO to work on chemship explosions

At the 52nd session of the International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) Sub-committee on Fire Protection (FP) this past January, it was agreed that a working group should be set up to look at measures to prevent explosions on oil and chemical tankers carrying low flashpoint cargoes.

Give it time

The UN experts, having decided to cut short their December 2007 session due to a shortage of submissions, ended up passing several topics on to the July 2008 meeting for final decisions. However, some new entries were agreed for the Dangerous Goods List and work on IBC refurbishment could generate some significant changes

Back to the real world

Some regulators like to put it about that there are no more major changes in the pipeline. That's not what it feels like for industry and last year's DGAC annual conference gave delegates plenty to think about

Tackling Tankers

The 83rd session of IMO's Maritime Safety Committee agreed a number of changes and clarifications to the provisions governing the transport of hazardous liquids by sea in bulk

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