DG Guidebook 1

DG Guidebook 1

This is Guidebook 1 for shippers in the series “Book it right and pack it tight: shipping containerised dangerous goods by sea”. The series is intended to provide basic safety critical guidance for those engaged in all the stages of preparing dangerous goods for carriage by sea, from booking the cargo, to packing the shipping container.

Guidebook No. 1 is intended as a short guide for shippers preparing documentation and packages for consignments of dangerous goods to be shipped by sea. It covers the information that shipping lines will request from you as a shipper, and how to prepare the packages that leave your factory for packing by a third party.

If you are a shipper who also packs dangerous goods into shipping containers for shipment by sea, you can refer to Guidebooks 3 and 4 in this series intended for cargo consolidators and shipping container packers, that cover the physical and documentation aspects of packing dangerous goods into shipping containers.


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 Packing certificate
6 Importance of appropriate packaging
7 Marking and labelling of packages
8 Limited quantities
9 Checking multi-hazard loads for segregation
10 Sending shipper’s declarations to cargo consolidators
11 Cargo inspections
12 The hidden danger of not declaring dangerous goods
A final reminder

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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