DG Guidebook 2

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For Shippers Lines and Freight Sales Agencies
This is Guidebook 2 in the series “Book it right and pack it tight: shipping containerised dangerous goods by sea” for shipping line and freight sales agency staff engaged in receiving bookings for dangerous goods.

The series is intended to provide basic safety critical guidance for those engaged in all the stages of carriage of dangerous goods by sea, from preparing the packages, booking the cargo, raising the transport documentation, and most essentially, packing the shipping container.

This guide is restricted to the information that shippers need to supply to shipping lines in order to book their dangerous goods cargo. Other books in the series cover the operational aspects of dangerous goods.

Carriage of explosives and radioactive materials have complex packaging and stowage requirements. Many ships and ports restrict handling and transit of these materials, which have safety, security and even political factors to be taken into account outside the practicalities of marine transport. This makes them specialist activities, so only the basic IMDG requirements of both explosives or radioactive materials will be dealt with in this guide.


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PART A – Operational procedures
1 Training
2 Security of dangerous goods
3 Dangerous goods information for cargo booking and subsequent
shipper’s declaration
4 Shipper’s dangerous goods declaration
5 Additional certification
6 Packing certificate
7 Limited quantities
8 Checking multi-hazard consignments for segregation
Conclusion: caution required

PART B – Reference and classification of dangerous goods
1 What are dangerous goods?
2 International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code
3 Classification
4 Classification by hazard class
5 Subsidiary risks (sub-risks)
6 UN Numbering system
7 Proper Shipping Name
8 Packing groups
9 Limited quantities
10 Flashpoint
11 Marine pollutants
12 Emergency schedule numbers (EmS)
13 Empty tank containers
14 Control and emergency temperatures
15 Compatibility group (explosives only)
16 Net explosive content (NEC)
17 Fumigated units (containers shipped under fumigation)
18 Special Provisions of the IMDG Code
19 Aerosols: UN 1950
20 Dangerous goods safety advisers
21 Segregation groups
22 Dangerous Goods List display

This comprises three checklists to photocopy and use:
Shipper’s dangerous goods declaration checklist
Consolidator’s dangerous goods training and procedure checklist
Dangerous goods container packer’s checklist

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