Shipping IMO is dangerously safe

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Passionate about the dangerous? When shipping dangerous goods, safety first! Safety Data Sheets and more..

Our client is an Italian company working in the chemical sector and exporting dibenzoyl peroxide to Pakistan and in the UAE. It’s a substance classified as UN3108, IMO class 5.2, used for the composition of stuccoes and resins.

We are regularly handle for him sea freight shipments from Genova to Karachi and Jebel Ali Ports. When shipping dangerous goods, our exporter must follow certain regulations under the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) code. He must provide us the following documents:

  • Safety Data Sheet: this document prepared by the supplier contains information on chemicals, describing the hazards the chemical presents, and giving information on handling, storage and emergency measures in case of an accident. In particular, section number 14 of the safety data sheet provides basic classification information for transporting/shipment of substances or mixtures mentioned under Section 1 by road, rail, sea, inland waterways or air. Where information is not available or relevant this shall be stated.
  • Multimodal for dangerous goods: it’s a document required when shipping dangerous goods by sea. The form must include all the information regarding the manufacturer and the product (UN number, name of the goods, chemical name of the goods, marine pollutant, packaging, ems code, etc.), the risks of the goods handled, the type of transport and the means that will be used, the voyage of the goods. It is essential to properly fill out the multimodal as required by the IMDG Code (International Maritime Dangerous Goods).

According to our client’s safety data sheet, his cargo is dangerous both for maritime and road transport. For this reason, booking the space of the vessel follows a different procedure than the standard shipments. Furthermore, when shipping dangerous goods by road, we rely on a trucker specialized in ADR transport.

The maritime carrier decides if accepting the goods on board, by evaluating its type, dangerousness and compatibility with the journey. Anyway the shipowner takes the final decision.

Some ports may refuse certain categories of dangerous goods, as they lack the facilities and staff to handle them.

In our case, the requests are regularly approved: the time for the acceptance by the maritime carrier can vary from 5 to 10 days. For safety reasons and above all to avoid demurrage charges, it’s better to load the container close to the vessel cut-off.

Finally, the goods details of the multimodal form the exporting company provides to the truck driver at the loading time, must match with the ones initially approved for the booking acceptance.

Once the dangerous cargo is on board, there is nothing to do but wait for the arrival at destination .. in complete safety of course!


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