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(IMSBC) Code and Supplement, 2009 Edition now available

The International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code and Supplement, 2009 Edition, is now available from the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The IMSBC Code, and amendments to SOLAS chapter VI to make the Code mandatory, were adopted by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee in December 2008. The amendments are expected to enter into force on 1 January 2011.

The IMSBC Code supersedes the Code of Safe Practice for Solid Bulk Cargoes (BC Code), which was first adopted as a recommendatory code in 1965 and has been updated at regular intervals since then.

The aim of the mandatory IMSBC Code is to facilitate the safe stowage and shipment of solid bulk cargoes by providing information on the dangers associated with the shipment of certain types of cargo and instructions on the appropriate procedures to be adopted.

The IMSBC Code may be applied now on a voluntary basis, and the new edition is recommended reading for Administrations, shipowners, shippers and masters and all others concerned with the standards to be applied in the safe stowage and shipment of solid bulk cargoes, excluding grain.

The IMSBC Code includes:

  • Fully updated individual schedules for solid bulk cargoes
  • New individual schedules for such cargoes as direct reduced iron fines, spent cathodes and granulated tyre rubber
  • New provisions about sulphur
  • References to the most recent SOLAS amendments
  • Relevant updated information from the 2008 edition of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code

This publication presents additional information that supplements the IMSBC Code, including the Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers (BLU Code) and Recommendations on the safe use of pesticides in ships applicable to the fumigation of cargo holds.

Where to buy:
The publication is available from authorized distributors of IMO publications ( and via IMO's online bookshop. For further information, please consult the IMO website at

Technical details:
485 pp A4, product code: IE260E, price £45, ISBN: 978-92-801-4239-6.

Customers wishing to be informed about the availability of new IMO titles can register online

Briefing 29, 7 September 2009

For further information please contact:
Lee Adamson, Head, Public Information Services on 020 7587 3153 ( )
Natasha Brown, External Relations Officer on 020 7587 3274 (


Please see International Maritime Organization (IMO) company electronic office

For further information please contact:
Head, Public Information Services
Lee Adamson
Tel: +44 (0)20 7587 3153

Media and Communications Officer
Natasha Brown
Tel: +44 (0)20 7587 3274

IMO – the International Maritime Organization – is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.

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