IMO II260E IMSBC Code and Supplement (including Amendment 04-17), 2018 Edition


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Sales number: II260E
ISBN: 978-928011-659-5

*** Canceled, superseded by IM260-20 (see below)

*** This 2018 edition is valid through 31 Dec 2020.
*** There is also a 2020 edition (IM260-20) that becomes effective on 1 Jan 2021, but can be used voluntarily as of 1 Jan 2020.

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IMO II260E IMSBC Code and Supplement (including Amendment 04-17), 2018 Edition

The primary aim of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (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 solid bulk cargoes and instructions on the procedures to be adopted when the shipment of solid bulk cargoes is contemplated.

This publication presents additional information that supplements the IMSBC Code, such as the Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers (BLU Code, including BLU Manual) and Recommendations on the safe use of pesticides in ships applicable to the fumigation of cargo holds. The International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code and supplement is commended to 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, adopted on 4 December 2008 by resolution MSC.268(85), entered into force on 1 January 2011, from which date it was made mandatory under the provisions of the SOLAS Convention. The Code was amended by resolution MSC.318(89), incorporating amendment 01-11, by resolution MSC.354(92), incorporating amendment 02-13, by resolution MSC.393(95), incorporating amendment 03-15.  The present edition incorporates amendment 04-17, which may be applied from 1 January 2018 on a voluntary basis, anticipating its envisaged official entry into force on 1 January 2019.

To keep pace with the expansion and progress of industry in recent years, the Code has undergone many changes, including:

  • Fully updated individual schedules for solid bulk cargoes
  • New individual schedules for such cargoes as aluminium fluoride, amorphous sodium silicate lumps, boric acid, chemical gypsum, copper slag, glass cullet, iron and steel slag and its mixture iron ore fines, iron oxide technical, iron sinter, manganese component ferroalloy slag, manganese ore fines, scale generated from the iron and steel making process, spodumene (upgraded), wood pellets containing and not containing additives and/or binders, zinc slag, and zircon kyanite concentrate
  • References to the most recent SOLAS amendments
  • Updated information from the 2016 edition of the IMDG Code


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