Videotel: Dangerous & Difficult Bulk Cargoes

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Thursday, 30 December 2010 10:27

Maritime training video company Videotel says that dangerous solid bulk cargoes which have the potential to sink a ship are the focus of both new legislation and its latest training package.

Many solid bulk cargoes have serious risks associated with them that can affect ship stability, cause structural damage, pose health hazards to those on board or lead to dangerous situations as a result of chemical reactions taking place in the hold. However, the risks that might arise are not always obvious - Even when they occur, they are not necessarily visible - some toxic gases, for example, are odourless and colourless. In other instances - such as a cargo liquefying, or selfigniting - dealing with the hazard once it has become a real hazard, rather than a potential one, is never easy. Prevention is always better than cure.

As a guide to mariners, the mandatory International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargo (IMSBC) Code details how to handle some 150 different types of cargo, and to assess the acceptability of particular goods. This training programme provides an introduction to the IMSBC Code and the types of information it contains. It supplements it by proposing a straightforward and logical process of best practice actions that are applicable to all solid bulk cargoes.

1 January 2011 sees the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code enter into force. The Code is mandatory under the provisions of the SOLAS Convention and supersedes the Code of Safe Working Practice for Bulk Cargoes (BC Code).

Videotel's Dangerous & Difficult Cargoes series addresses this potentially life-threatening issue. Part 1 - Dangerous & Difficult Bulk Cargoes: Best Practice & the IMSBC Code - has already been released, while Dangerous & Difficult Bulk Cargoes Part 2 - Minerals & Man Made Derivatives will be released in Spring 2011.

The first programme details the IMSBC code, outlines best practices and highlights the group system used to identify cargoes: (Group A -cargo that may liquefy and therefore cause stability issues; Group B - cargo that may chemically change to cause explosion or toxic gas; Group C-cargoes not liable to liquefy or cause chemical hazard). Dangerous & Difficult Bulk Cargoes Part 2 outlines the catastrophic failures which can occur to the structural soundness of even the largest bulk carriers when corrosive chemical reactions take place in hazardous cargoes and identifies effective risk-management strategies.

Source: Videotel