New amendments to the IMDG Code become mandatory

The new amendments to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code will become mandatory on 1 January 2016.

The amendments to the IMDG Code contained in Resolution MSC.372(93) Amendments were adopted in May 2014, at the International Maritime Organisation, IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee 93rd session.

The Resolution introduced into the code the Rules 1 and 2 Appendix I to the International CSC Convention concerning the labelling upon safety, maintenance and inspection conditions approval. The Resolution also introduced the new sections 7.1.5 Stowage codes, 7.1.6 Handling codes and 7.2.8 Segregation codes. The Dangerous Goods List has been reorganised respectively and column 16 has been divided to cover separately Stowage and handling (16a) and Segregation (16b).

Twenty new United Nations (UN) numbers have been added (UN3507 to UN3526), covering various absorbed gases, uranium hexafluoride, asymmetric capacitors and discarded, empty, unclean packaging.

A whole range of amendments concerns the provisions covering Class 7 radioactive goods, special provisions and packing instructions.



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