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Notification of loading, or sailing after partial discharge, of bulk grain
This form provides the means by which the Australian Maritime Safety Authority will determine whether the Master will be required to demonstrate compliance with the stability requirements of the International Grain Code to an attending AMSA Surveyor prior to loading his ship.
AMSA 226—Calculation of stability for ships carrying bulk grain provides the means by which the Master can demonstrate compliance with the stability requirements of the International Grain Code.
This form is required to be submitted to AMSA at least 72 hours prior to the vessels proposed commencement of loading. If an inspection is deemed to be necessary prior to the commencement of loading AMSA will notify the Master/Agent accordingly.
In the case of intending to sail after partial discharge, a completed form is required to be submitted to AMSA at least 24 hours prior to the anticipated time of sailing.
Chapter VI of the SOLAS 1974 Convention, as amended, and Australian legislation (Marine Order 33: Cargo and Cargo Handling – Grain) require that ships intending to carry grain cargoes in bulk from Australian ports may be requested to
demonstrate compliance with the International Grain Code.
SOLAS 1974 requires the cargo shipper to provide the Master or his representative with appropriate information on the cargo. Beyond this it is the Master’s responsibility to ensure the proper stowage of the cargo in accordance with Marine Order 33.
How to complete this form
A separate form is required to be submitted for each successive port—the master may lodge all the notifications together for each port to the relevant office prior to the first port of call or alternatively, individually to each appropriate office.
A new form is required to be submitted to AMSA if there is any significant change in the loading plan.
Strict adherence to the layout of this form is not necessary as long as the information required by it can be provided by alternate means.
Submitting the form
We apply the following provisions when assessing compliance with the Code:
- The Code requires all compartments in which grain is stowed to be either “filled” (trimmed or untrimmed) or “partly filled” (trimmed only). AMSA does not accept “partly filled” compartments untrimmed, even if data for these is approved by the flag State Administration, as they are not provided for in the Code.
- AMSA cannot accept a compartment as being “filled” if the average ullage at the coaming exceeds the minimum required to accommodate the structure of hatch covers or 100mm, whichever is greater.
- Untrimmed moments may only be used for filled compartments with the ends untrimmed.
- (NB: Some Australian grain loading terminals lack the facility to adequately trim the ends of filled compartments and Masters must check the facilities at their load ports if they consider they need to trim the ends of any compartments in order to meet the required stability criteria).
- In partly filled compartments AMSA accepts grain surfaces in which the height between the highest peaks and the lowest troughs in the compartment is not more than 1.0m as being “level” within the meaning of the Code and therefore trimmed to an acceptable level.
- It is the responsibility of the Master to ensure that the cargo is trimmed as required by the Code - AMSA will not determine the method by which this is achieved.