This document was published on 15 June 2023 and entered into force on the same date.
If a solid cargo intended for bulk transportation is not listed in Appendix 1 of the IMSBC Code, the shipper must provide the relevant port authority at the loading port with the cargo's characteristics and properties, as specified in Section 4 of the IMSBC Code, prior to loading.
Based on this information, the competent authority will evaluate whether the cargo can be safely transported.
If it is determined that the proposed solid bulk cargo falls under Group A or B as defined in Section 1.7 of the IMSBC Code and may pose hazards, advice must be sought from the competent authorities at the unloading port and the flag State.
These three authorities will establish initial conditions for the safe transport of this cargo through a Tripartite Provisional Agreement (TPA).
If it is determined that the proposed solid bulk cargo does not present any specific transportation hazards and falls under Group C, the transportation of this cargo will be authorized.
The port authority at the unloading port and the flag State will be informed of this authorization.
The updated scheme, which includes the concluded IMSBC agreements with the participation of the Netherlands Shipping Inspectorate (NSI), is provided in the document below.