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[post_content] => As with the other modal regulations, Amendment 38-16 to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code takes effect on 1 January 2017. Unlike the other regulations, however, it does not become mandatory until 1 January 2018, meaning that the current version, Amendment 37-14, may still be used.
In effect, the major shipping lines prefer to change over as soon as possible, which means that shippers and freight forwarders need to be up to speed with the latest version.
Amendment 38-16, like the other regulations, derives largely from the 19th revised edition of the UN Recommendations on the transport of dangerous goods – the Model Regulations – which was adopted by the UN Committee of Experts back in December 2014; it might be understandable if some parties in the dangerous goods supply chain have forgotten what those changes were – although the various committees and sub-committees of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) have discussed their applicability to maritime transport at length in the intervening period.
IMO has published a brief list of the major changes that can be found in the latest Amendment to the Code, which is summarised here. Those subject to the provisions of the Code will need to examine the new text closely – fortunately, the new text indicates where the changes are. In any case, all those with duties under the Code will need to have a copy of the latest version to hand.
Changes in Part 2 include the clarification made by the UN experts on how to deal with cases where test data indicate that a substance with an entry in the Dangerous Goods List meets the classification criteria for another hazard class or division.
There are also new criteria and documentation requirements for assigning fireworks to hazard divisions; new criteria for determining viscosity in Class 3 flammable liquids; the inclusion of polymerising substances under Class 4.1; and new sections defining gases, flammable liquids, toxic substances, and corrosives that are not accepted for transport.
New packing instructions have been added:
P005 for the new proper shipping names for engines under UN 3528 to 3530;
P412 for the new UN 3527 “POLYESTER RESIN KIT, solid base material”; and
P910 for prototype and low production runs of lithium cells and batteries.
A new large packaging packing instruction LP200 for aerosols has been added.
A new Class 9 label – identified as 9A – has been adopted for use with lithium metal and lithium ion cells and batteries (new SP384).
The “Overpack” mark now has a 12 mm minimum height requirement.
In the Dangerous Goods List, UN 3166 now only covers entries relating to vehicles, with those relating to engines now covered under UN 3528 to 3530. UN 3269 now covers only polyester resin kits with liquid base material, as those with a solid base material have their own new entry, UN 3527. Polymerizing substances of Class 4.1 have been assigned to new entries UN 3531 to 3534.
Finally, a number of special provisions have been added, revised or removed, mostly relating to those changes listed above.
All in all this seems quite a quiet revision, certainly compared to Amendment 37-14 and also compared to the latest air transport regulations.
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IMDG: Code makers
// By Peter Mackay on 26 Oct 2016
There may be relatively few changes in the latest Amendment to the IMDG Code but shippers and carriers still need to take note
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