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29 December 2015

New amendments to the IMDG Code become mandatory
Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) brings to notice that the new amendments to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code will become mandatory on 1 January 2016. 
The amendments to the IMDG Code contained in Resolution MSC.372(93) Amendments were adopted in May 2014, at IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee 93-rd session, as RS timely informed all the interested parties.
The Resolution introduced into the code the Rules 1 and 2 Appendix I to the International CSC Convention concerning the labelling upon safety, maintenance and inspection conditions approval. The Resolution also introduced the new sections 7.1.5 Stowage codes, 7.1.6 Handling codes and 7.2.8 Segregation codes. The Dangerous Goods List has been reorganised respectively and column 16 has been divided to cover separately Stowage and handling (16a) and Segregation (16b).
Twenty new United Nations (UN) numbers have been added (UN3507 to UN3526), covering various absorbed gases, uranium hexafluoride, asymmetric capacitors and discarded, empty, unclean packaging.
A whole range of amendments concern the provisions covering Class 7 radioactive goods, special provisions and packing instructions.
RS is ready to carry out survey of containers, certification of packing and tare as well as declaration of dangerous goods taking into consideration the new amendments.


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