Dangerous goods have long been involved in serious transport incidents, onshore and at sea, resulting in deaths, injuries, massive rescue operations and huge commercial losses.
Typically, packages spill their contents and cause fires, explosions and toxic or corrosive gas releases. Dealing with such incidents is hard enough on land but at sea it can be almost impossible.
Containers may be badly packed and secured or house incompatible substances, with the potential hazard masked by poor marking and labelling and reinforced by inadequate or even false documentation. During loading, boxes may be inadequately secured and inappropriately positioned, relative to the contents of others nearby and their exposure to the elements and extreme seas.
However, every day, thousands of containers carrying dangerous goods are moved across the world’s oceans and the scale of maritime and port investment, together with increasing integration into the global supply chain has never been more intense.
Such considerations highlight the vital importance of complying with the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code to avoid incidents and to reduce the consequences of those that do occur.
Accordingly, the UK P&I Club in conjunction with the TT Club have updated guidance on packing dangerous goods for carriage by sea – IMDG Code Amendment 3 8-16.
The 2018 updated edition, four books have been consolidated into one useful guide. It follows the processes of a dangerous goods consignment from classification, through booking, packing and loading on board the ship. As such, this guide offers invaluable and straightforward understanding of the relevant requirements of the IMDG Code for employees in the key stages of preparing a dangerous goods consignment for shipping.