What are the contents of IMDG code?

The code is composed of 7 parts. The code is presented in two books, volume 1 and volume 2

It is necessary to use both books to obtain the required information when shipping dangerous goods by sea.

Volume – 1

Part – 1 :   General provision, definitions and training.

Part – 2:    Classification.

Part – 4:    Packing and tank provision.       

Part – 5:    Consignment procedure.

Part – 6:    Construction and testing of packings intermediate bulk containers, large packing portable tanks and road tank vehicles.

Part – 7:       Provision concerning transport operation.

 Volume – 2         

Part – 3:    Dangerous goods list and limited quantity exceptions.

The Dangerous Goods List is the central core of the IMDG Code and presents information on the transport requirements for all dangerous goods in a coded form.

Note :-

The IMDG code is a very much living document and gets amended from time to time (every 2 years). In the last decade major changes were made to Ems-emergency medical schedule, MFAG and INF codes (carriage of nuclear materials)
IMDG Code means the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee of the Organization by resolution MSC.122(75)
The objective of the IMDG Code is to enhance the safe carriage of dangerous goods while facilitating the free unrestricted movement of such goods and prevent pollution to the environment

  • It gives a uniform international code of dangerous goods for transportation by sea
  • It gives methods of packing in packets or in container, stowage and segregation of incompatible substances.
Legal status of IMDG code
  • The IMDG code is a legal document under chapter VII part a of SOLAS 1974 as amended.
  • Regulation VII/1.3 prohibits the carriage of dangerous goods by sea except when carried in accordance with the IMDG code.
  • MARPOL 73/78, annex III, regulation 1(2) prohibits the carriage of harmful substances in ships except when carried in accordance with the IMDG code.
Application and implementation of  IMDG Code

The provisions contained in this Code are applicable to all ships to which the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS 74), as amended, applies and which are carrying dangerous goods as defined in regulation 1 of part A of chapter VII of that Convention.

The provisions of regulation II-2/19 of that Convention apply to passenger ships and to cargo ships constructed on or after 1 July 2002. For:

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