Good Day BCAG members and those with a registered interest in the CCC subcommittee at the IMO,
AMSA has received the agenda for the 6th session of the Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 6) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) scheduled from 12 to 15 September 2019 in London.
The Australian delegation will be led by, and development of the Australian delegation brief will be coordinated by:
Head of Cargoes and Technical
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There are some topics of particular interest to Australia, some on-going and some new. A summary of items of interest is provided below, however comments are welcome on any submission. Australia has submitted and/or co-sponsored 5 documents – these are included below against the appropriate agenda item.
5 Amendments to the IMSBC Code and supplements
Submissions to this session will be proposals related to the 06-21 amendments to the Code. This will be the 2021 edition of the IMSBC Code and additional proposals may be submitted next year to E&T 33 in the first part of the year and to CCC 7 in September 2020. All proposals for the 06-21 amendments would be agreed before being submitted to E&T 34 after CCC 7 next year. E&T 34 would then finalise the agreed amendments before submitting them to MSC in mid 2021 for approval to publish in Q4 that same year. The 2021 IMSBC Code would then be able to be used voluntarily from 1 January 2022, before coming into mandatory effect on 1 January 2023.
Development of amendments to the IMSBC Code and supplements. In particular,
• amendments to the test for the corrosivity of concentrates
In light of global research into the corrosivity of solid bulk cargoes (and mineral concentrates in particular), amendments have been proposed in the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code, to modify the test for that property. The evidence of the research is that the modifications will provide accurate and consistent results than currently evidenced. Australia has co-sponsored (with Brazil, Canada, NACE International and IIMA) document CCC 6/5/14 proposing amendments to the IMSBC Code.
• amendments to the test for assessing coal that self-heats,
Australian industry is currently carrying out research into coal that self-heats when carried on ships. Research into the tests currently required for that property in the IMSBC Code, indicates those tests could be amended to provide accurate and consistent results than currently evidenced. Australia is intending to present the final report and proposals to CCC by September 2020 as this would allow agreed amendments to be included in the next set of amendments to the IMSBC Code. Australia has submitted documents CCC 6/5/11 introducing the latest progress report and CCC/INF.16 providing the report itself.
• amendments to the definition of a Group A cargo. Australian led research into the behaviours of bauxite as a cargo led to amendments to the IMSBC Code for that cargo, including a new Group A schedule (cargo that may liquefy) and a new test for bauxite to determine the transportable moisture limit for bauxite that may liquefy. During the research a new phenomenon was noted and recorded – dynamic separation. Whilst this phenomenon is related to the moisture content of the bauxite, and can lead to ship instability and capsize, it isn’t liquefaction. Group A is currently defined in the IMSBC Code as a cargo that may liquefy, hence there is work underway to develop and agree a new definition of ‘Group A’ in the IMSBC Code, that captures all phenomena related to risks arising from the moisture content of a cargo. Australia has co-sponsored (with Brazil) documents CCC 6/5/12 introducing the proposed amendments, and CCC/INF.18 providing the proposed amendments.
6 Amendments to the IMDG Code and supplements
The session will consider the reports of the Editorial and Technical Group (31st meeting) and papers presented to this session of CCC to agree the draft 40-20 amendments to the IMDG Code for E&T to finalise at their 32nd meeting which follows on the week after CCC 6. Once finalised at E&T 32 the amendments will be submitted to MSC 102 meeting in June 2020 for approval to publish as the 2020 IMDG Code. This next edition of the Code will be published in Q4 of 2020 and be able to be used on a voluntary basis from 1 January 2021 before being in mandatory effect on 1 January 2022.
The IMDG Code effects all carriage of packaged dangerous goods (DG) on ships from Australia on vessels subject to the Navigation Act 2012, including directly related land-based operations such as packaging selection, packing of DG into packages and packing/securing DGs into Cargo Transport Units (CTUs).
7 Unified interpretation of provisions of IMO safety, security and environment-related conventions
8 Consideration of reports of incidents involving dangerous goods or marine pollutants in packaged form on board ships or in port areas
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