Why is Bulk Carrier listed in Chapter XII of SOLAS?

  • The need to establish proper guidance and interpretation regarding bulk carriers and in doing so to enhance safety.
  • To ensure that bulk carriers to which SOLAS chapter XII applies are clearly identified as such ,either on the Safety Management Certificate issued under the provisions of SOLAS chapter IX, or in the booklet required under the provisions of SOLAS regulation XII/8;    
  • In order to enhance safety of bulk carriers Chapter provides detailed regulations and compliance requirements regarding:
  • Damage stability giving guidance on cargo density and be able to withstand flooding incase flooding in any one cargo hold.
  • The chapter also covers the requirement related to structural strength for the Bulk carriers. The transverse watertight bulkhead between the two foremost cargo holds and the double bottom of the foremost cargo hold shall have sufficient strength to withstand flooding of the foremost cargo hold, taking also into account dynamic effects resulting from the presence of water in the hold, in compliance with the bulk carrier bulkhead and double bottom strength standards.
  • It also covers the survey of the cargo hold structure of bulk carriers.
  • A bulk carrier of 150 m in length and upwards of single side skin construction, of 10 years of age and over, shall not carry solid bulk cargoes having a density of 1,780 kg/m3 and above unless it has satisfactorily undergone the survey.
  • The regulation also covers requirement for bulk carrier to have a loading instrument for enhancing safety.
  • The regulation to detect accidental flooding cover the provisions regarding dry space water level detectors


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