When dangerous goods is improperly declared it may not be properly packaged, segregated and stowed on the ship. As the transport of dangerous cargo increases it is critical that the IMDG code is followed. The intent of the IMDG (International Maritime Dangerous Goods) code is to protect crew and prevent maritime pollution when hazardous materials are shipped.
Maritime regulators and port authorities have the responsibility of ensuring that proper documentation is submitted and the requirements of the code are complied when dangerous goods shipping is undertaken.
The International Maritime Organization or IMO is a United Nations agency which has the responsibility to design and maintain shipping regulations that cover safety, environment and legal matters, technical cooperation, maritime security and shipping efficiency. The IMDG Code is a detailed publication reviewed and updated every two years and supported by various international conventions and codes
When a client needs to ship dangerous goods from Spain or other country, a DG (dangerous goods) request is sent to the shipping line who reviews the request. In order for the shipping line to confirm shipment, all relevant information must be filled out on the request form. If there is incorrect information or the cargo is unacceptable the DG will be rejected with reason. Now the client can correct misinformation and reapply, but if the cargo is unacceptable on ship, it cannot be shipped. In this case the client can look for a shipping line able to accept the cargo or look at an alternative means of transport.
If the information is correct and the dangerous goods cargo is acceptable, a DG acceptance is sent to the client and the client receives the DG booking and container release. The client then packs the container and records all relevant information on the DG declaration form. This information has to exactly match the information on the request form. Making sure that the correct IMO labels are placed on the container, the client sends the completed DG declaration form to the shipping line. A copy of the DG declaration form is sent to the ship and the loading port by the shipping line.
It’s really important contract a good and experienced freight forwarder in order to make all the process fast and easy. NF Spain is used to handle this kind of shipments from or to Spain.
The 2012 edition of the IMDG code is effective for two years beginning January 2014. Dangerous goods have been classified into nine classes by a United Nations Committee. Here is a listing of the 9 classes and some examples of what would be in a classification
Class 1 Explosives include ammunition, fireworks, blasting explosive, flares and toy caps
Class 2 Gases include Flammable Gases such as acetylene, ethylene and hydrogen, Non-Flammable and Non-Toxic gases include oxygen, argon, liquid nitrogen and Toxic gases such as chlorine and ammonia and aerosols including.
Class 3 Flammable Liquids contain petroleum based liquids such as kerosene and other chemicals such as methanol.
Class 4 Flammable Solids is comprised of solids such as sulphur powder, Substances prone to Spontaneous Combustion such white phosphorus and Dangerous When Wet substances such as calcium carbide.
Class 5 include Oxidizers such as bleaches and hydrogen peroxide and Organic peroxides for example, hardeners such as Bondofill.
Class 6 Toxic include most agricultural insecticides and some metal degreasers and Infectious such as pathogen cultures and septic effluent.
Class 7 Radioactive materials
Class 8 Corrosives contain caustic soda and car batteries.
Class 9 Miscellaneous is comprised of dangerous goods not covered in the other classes such as PCBs.
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