This document has been published on February 9th, 2023, and entered into force on the same date.
If the competent authority assesses that the solid bulk cargo intended to be transported may present hazards defined by Group A or B of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC Code), the shipper should request the opinion of the competent authorities of the port of discharge and the flag State.
The three competent authorities will determine the preliminary appropriate conditions for the transport of this cargo (the so-called TPA - Tripartite Provisional Agreement).
If it is assessed that the solid bulk cargo that is intended to be transported does not pose a danger for transportation, the transportation of that cargo will be approved (which is group C).
The competent authorities of the port of unloading and the flag State must be informed of this decision.
In the relevant document below you can find an updated scheme with concluded IMSBC contracts.