A.862(20) Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers

 

 

   Resolution A.862(20)

 

 

   CODE OF PRACTICE FOR THE SAFE LOADING AND UNLOADING OF BULK CARRIERS

(Adopted on 27 November 1997)

 

THE ASSEMBLY,

 

RECALLING Article 15(j) of the Convention on the International Maritime Organization concerning the functions of the Assembly in relation to regulations and guidelines concerning maritime safety,

 

RECALLING FURTHER that, by resolutions A.713(17) and A.797(19), it adopted measures to improve the safety of ships carrying solid bulk cargoes,

 

RECALLING ALSO that, in adopting resolution A.797(19), it requested the Maritime Safety Committee to carry out, with high priority, its work on the safety of ships carrying solid bulk cargoes and to develop, as soon as possible, requirements and recommendations covering survivability standards, design and construction standards, management and training, operational standards, survey requirements and ship/shore interface aspects,

 

NOTING that, by resolution MSC.47(66), the Maritime Safety Committee, at its sixty-sixth session, adopted amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, to include a revised regulation 7 of chapter VI dealing with loading and unloading of bulk cargo,

 

NOTING FURTHER the approval by the Maritime Safety Committee, at its sixty-sixth session, of MSC/Circ.743 on communications between maritime Administrations and port authorities, whereby Governments in whose territories solid bulk cargo loading and unloading terminals are situated are invited to introduce port by-laws complying with operative paragraph 5 of that circular,

 

BEING CONCERNED at the continued loss of ships carrying solid bulk cargoes, sometimes without a trace, and the heavy loss of life incurred,

 

BEARING IN MIND that a number of accidents have occurred as a result of improper loading and unloading of bulk carriers and that the development of safe loading and unloading practices can prevent such accidents occurring in the future,

 

RECOGNIZING the need to improve the safe loading and unloading of bulk carriers,

 

RECOGNIZING FURTHER that such improvement could be achieved by the establishment of a composite code of practice for the safe loading and unloading of bulk carriers,

 

BELIEVING that the application of such a code of safe practice would enhance maritime safety,

 

HAVING CONSIDERED the recommendation made by the Maritime Safety Committee at its sixty-sixth and sixty-eighth sessions,

 

1. ADOPTS the Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers, set out in the annex to the present resolution;

 

2. URGES Governments to implement this Code at the earliest possible opportunity and to inform IMO of any non-compliance;

 

3. FURTHER URGES Governments in whose territories solid bulk cargo loading and unloading terminals are situated, to introduce port by-laws to the effect that:

 

.1 terminal operators are required to comply with the relevant IMO codes and recommendations on ship/port co-operation;

 

.2 terminal operators are required to appoint a "terminal representative" as stipulated in section 1.6 of the annex to resolution A.797(19);

 

.3 the master is responsible at all times for the safe loading and unloading of the ship, the details of which should be confirmed with the terminal operator in the form of an agreed loading or unloading plan;

 

.4 in case of non-compliance with the agreed loading or unloading plans or any other situation which endangers the safety of the ship, the master has the right to stop the loading or unloading; and

 

.5 port authorities have the right to stop the loading or unloading of solid bulk cargoes when the safety of the ship carrying such cargoes is endangered.

 

4. REQUESTS the Maritime Safety Committee to keep this Code under review and to amend it, as necessary;

 

5. REVOKES MSC/Circ.690 and DSC/Circ.3.

 

   Annex.

 

   CODE OF PRACTICE FOR THE SAFE LOADING AND UNLOADING OF BULK CARRIERS

 

    Introduction

 

1. This Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk




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