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From 1 July 2014 all ships flying the Antigua and Barbuda flag are required to comply with the new iron ore fines Schedule to the IMSBC Code.

19 June 2014 / Web only

Members and clients will be familiar with the proposed amendments to the IMSBC Code which were agreed at the IMO DSC 18 meeting in September 2013 and address the safe carriage of iron ore cargoes. The IMO Circular announcing the amendments to the Code, DSC.1/Circ.71, can be found here.

Although the mandatory entry into force date of the amendments is 1 January 2017 (subject to final approval by the IMO MSC at its 95th session in 2015), governments are encouraged to voluntarily implement the new Schedule and test procedure for iron ore fines as soon as possible. Gard has been made aware that the Maritime Administration of Antigua and Barbuda (ADOMS) has adopted the amendments prior to the expected entry into force date and their Circular No. 2014-002 “Carriage and testing of Iron Ore Fines” instructs the relevant vessels flying their flag to follow the guidance in the aforementioned IMO Circular from 1 July 2014.

Members and clients are advised to take note of the above and bear in mind that loading of iron ore fines should not be commenced until the Master is in possession of all the requisite cargo information and documentation/certificates that a shipper is obliged to provide under the applicable statutory and local regulations, and is satisfied that the cargo is safe to load and carry.

Additional information on the amendments to the IMSBC Code can be found in Gard Member Circular No. 22/2013 “Iron Ore Fines/Iron Ore Cargoes – Early Implementation of recent changes to the IMSBC Code – Australia and Brazil”. For a collection of Gard’s general caution and advice concerning liquefaction, reference is made to our spotlight on Liquefaction available on Gard’s webpage under Topics - Cargo.