The IMDG Code - IMO Dangerous Goods Regulations
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What is the IMDG Code?
The IMDG Code is the global, international reference for shipping dangerous goods by maritime vessel on the water. The 2-volume IMO DG regulations is required for anyone shipping DG by water and features updates and revisions regarding packaging and storage requirements for all regulated hazardous materials.
- Adopted in the 1965
- Formed to prevent all types of sea pollution
- Ensures safe packaging and transport of dangerous goods by sea
- Applies to all cargo ships around the world
- Created per UN recommendations by the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
- Latest edition published in 2018, the 39th Amendment
The IMDG Code, 2018 39th Amendment includes:
- Detailed recommendations for individual substances, materials, and articles
- Standard requirements to all aspects of handling dangerous goods and marine pollutants in sea transport
- A number of recommendations for good operational practice, including advice on terminology, packing, labeling, storage, separation, and handling emergency response action
- Such recommendations and advice for manufacturers, packers, shippers, feeder services such as road and rail, and port authorities as well as mariners
and Required January 1, 2020
What’s New in the IMDG Code 39th Amendment?
- 18 new segregations group codes
- Many updates and additions to the Dangerous Goods List (DGL)
- Overhauled Chapter 2.8, Classification of Corrosives
- Clarification that only the applicable Proper Shipping Name (PSN) should be used when there are several distinct PSNs under one UN Number
- Stowage categories of several Class 1 materials have been amended
- Chapter 5.3 is now extended to cover bulk containers.