.The IMDG Code 2010 is the result of numerous revisions over the years which have been made to keep up with the rapid expansion of the shipping industry.
Amendment 35-10 includes revisions to various sections of the Code and to transport requirements for specific substances. It was adopted by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at its 87th session in May 2010.
Many maritime countries have taken steps to regulate the carriage of dangerous goods by sea, based on the safety considerations set out in parts A and A-1 of Chapter VII of the 1974 SOLAS Convention, as amended.
More recently, as marine pollution has become a serious concern, countries have taken further steps to regulate the carriage of marine pollutants, as described in Annex III of MARPOL.
The International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, which was first published in 1965, amplifies the requirements of both conventions and has become the standard guide to all aspects of handling dangerous goods and marine pollutants in sea transport.
The IMDG Code as originally amended was recommended to governments as the basis for national regulations by which the requirements of SOLAS 1974 and MARPOL Annex III were effected, but the Code as amended by Amendments 32, 33, 34 and 35 is now mandatory.
What’s in it?
The Code lays down basic principles: detailed recommendations for individual substances, materials and articles, and a number of recommendations for good operational practice, including advice on terminology, packing, labelling, stowage, segregation and handling, and emergency response action.