DG Guidebook 3

DG Guidebook 3
For Consolidators and Shipping Container Packers: Managers & Supervisors

This is Guidebook 3 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 3 is intended as a short guide to managers and supervisors of organisations that receive dangerous goods from shippers and pack them into shipping containers for carriage by sea. It briefly covers documentation, but concentrates on guidance for packing containers. Guidebook 1 is available if more detailed information is required on documentation. Guidebook 4 is intended as a practical guide to fork lift operators and others who physically pack shipping containers.

PART A – Operational procedures

1 Activities of cargo consolidator / shipping container packer covered
by this guide
2 Duty to train employees to use the IMDG Code
3 Security of dangerous goods
4 Receiving dangerous goods for packing into shipping containers
5 Booking the cargo with the shipping line
6 Dangerous goods details to be provided by the shipper
7 The document for the shipper’s dangerous goods declaration
8 The packing certificate
9 Additional certification
10 Importance of UN-approved packaging for dangerous goods
11 Marking and labelling of packages
12 Segregation – Prohibited mixed loading of dangerous goods
13 Packing limited quantities into shipping containers
14 Preparations for loading dangerous goods into a shipping container
15 Loading the shipping container
16 Drums in shipping containers
17 Solid-frame intermediate bulk containers (IBCs)
18 Loading dangerous goods on pallets
19 Adding fumigant tablets during loading
20 Securing the cargo
21 Placards for dangerous goods shipping containers
22 Ensure 100% of dangerous goods are declared to the shipping line

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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