Since 1965 the IMO IMDG Code has set the principals for the transport of dangerous goods by sea and it is published by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), for whom Labeline is a leading authorised distributor. Every two years the 2-volume publication is updated and amended. The 39th Amendment (2018) of the IMDG Code will come into force on 1 January 2020 for two years and may be applied voluntarily from 1 January 2019.
The IMDG Code is divided into seven parts over two volumes.
IMDG Code 2018 Volume 1 contains (parts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7 of the Code) with sections on:
- General provisions, definitions, training.
- Packing and Tank Provisions.
- Consignment Procedures.
- Construction and Testing of packagings, IBCs, large packagings, portable tanks, MEGCs and road tank vehicles.
- Transport Operations.
Volume 2 contains part 3 (Dangerous Goods List, special provisions and exceptions), appendix A (generic and N.O.S. Proper Shipping Names), appendix B (Glossary of terms) and an index.
There is also an IMDG Supplement to this biennial’s publication which includes details of procedures for packing of dangerous goods or actions to take in the event of spillages, emergencies, fires or accidents involving personnel who handle goods at sea.
For IMDG compliant Placards and Labels, please visit our Dangerous Goods Labels / Packaging Labels section.
There are many changes to the 2018 edition of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code). The significant changes are outlined below. Throughout the text ‘risk’ now reads ‘hazard’ and ‘risks’ reads ‘hazards’. There is a new paragraph 2.0.6, Classification of articles as articles containing dangerous goods N.O.S. A new entry for 3227 was added to the table in paragraph 220.127.116.11.2.3 for Class 4. New entries for 3109, 3116, 3119 were added to the table in paragraph 18.104.22.168.4 for Class 5.2. Chapter 2.8, Classification of corrosives, has been overhauled. There is clarification in paragraph 22.214.171.124 that only the more applicable PSN be used when there are several distinct ones under one UN Number. The stowage categories for several class 1 entries have been amended. There have been several updates in chapter 4.2 to existing packing instructions and a few new packing instructions added. There is a new IMO type 9 tank added for road gas elements vehicles for the transport of compressed gases of class 2. In chapter 5.2, paragraph 126.96.36.199, the specimen labels are now presented in a landscape table. Chapter 5.3 is now extended to cover bulk containers. Part 6 has several minor changes to some of the chapters. There is a new table added to paragraph 188.8.131.52, which provides segregation exemptions for organic peroxides UN numbers 3101 to 3120 with sub-risks that clash with other organic peroxides. Section 7.3.7 is restructured to merge the amendments to the Model Regulations and the existing text.
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