The classification of certain potentially hazardous
cargoes is on the agenda of the IMO’s Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and
Containers (CCC 5, 10-14 September).
Sub-Committee will consider a newly identified phenomenon which affects some
bauxite cargoes, known as dynamic separation, which can cause instability of
the cargo and ship says an IMO release.
Also up for discussion is carriage of ammonium-nitrate
based fertilizer. Potential problems have been identified following accidents
involving the MV Purple Beach (2015) and MV Cheshire (2017). The
recommendations arising from the investigation into the MV Cheshire will be
presented to the Sub-Committee. Proposals to amend the relevant schedules will
be considered, for future inclusion in the International Maritime Solid Bulk
Cargoes (IMSBC) Code, which is the industry rulebook on how to deal with such
On other matters, the Sub-Committee is expected to
consider matters relating to further development of the International Code of
Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code),
including the development of draft technical provisions for ships using
methyl/ethyl alcohol as fuel and draft requirements for fuel cells. Also under
development are draft interim guidelines on the application of high manganese
austenitic steel for use in cryogenic applications such as cargo tanks, fuel
tanks and piping of LNG carriers and LNG-fuelled ships. The Sub-Committee will
also discuss developing draft amendments to the Code of Safe Practice for Cargo
Stowage and Securing (CSS Code) related to weather-dependent lashing, aimed at
ensuring the highest level of cargo securing, taking into account expected
weather and other factors.
The meeting was opened by IMO Secretary-General Kitack
Lim and is being chaired by Mr. Xie Hui of China.