“BLU Code” means the Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers, as contained in the Annex to IMO Assembly Resolution A.862(20) of 27 November 1997, as it stands on 5 February 2002.
The BLU Code provides guidance to ship masters of bulk carriers, terminal operators and other parties concerned for the safe handling, loading and unloading of solid bulk cargoes and is linked to regulation VI/7 (Loading, unloading and stowage of bulk cargoes) of the 1974 SOLAS Where “bulk carrier” means:
A ship constructed with a single deck, top-side tanks and hopper-side tanks in cargo spaces and intended primarily to carry dry cargo in bulk;
Purpose of BLU code:
The purpose of the Code is to assist persons responsible for the safe loading or unloading of bulk carriers to carry out their functions and to promote the safety of bulk carriers.
The Code primarily covers the safety of ships loading and unloading solid bulk cargoes, excluding grain, and reflects current issues, best practices and legislative requirements. Broader safety and pollution issues such as those covered by the SOLAS, MARPOL and Load Line Conventions are not specifically included in the Code.
This Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers has been developed by the International Maritime Organization to minimize losses of bulk carriers.
Recommendation as per BLU code:
It is recommended that a copy of this Code be made available to every ship, charterer and bulk loading or unloading terminal so that advice on operational procedures is readily available and respective responsibilities are identified.
The recommendations in this Code provide guidance to shipowners, masters, shippers, operators of bulk carriers, charterers and terminal operators for the safe handling, loading, and unloading of solid bulk cargoes. The recommendations are subject to terminal and port requirements, or national regulations. Persons responsible for the loading or unloading of bulk carriers should also be aware of such regulations and requirements.
CONTENTS OF BLU CODE ARE:
Section 1 – Definitions
Section 2 – Suitability of ships and terminals
Section 3 – Procedures between ship and shore prior to the ship’s arrival
Section 4 – Procedures between ship and terminal prior to cargo handling.
Section 5 – Cargo loading and handling of ballast
Section 6 – Unloading cargo and handling of ballast
Appendix 1 – Recommended contents of port and terminal information books
Appendix 2 – Loading or unloading plan
Appendix 3 – Ship/shore safety checklist
Appendix4 – Guidelines for completing the ship/shore safety checklist
Appendix5 – Form for cargo information