Cargo marine orders and publications

Your vessel may be inspected to verify your compliance with cargo requirements. These requirements and regulations apply to safety-related aspects for marine carriage of cargo.

We implement the International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed international minimum requirements in Australian legislation for all safety related aspects of marine carriage of cargo. Under our regulations, cargo includes bulk liquid and solid cargoes, dangerous goods, general cargoes, and containers. We also cover standards and operations concerning cargo lifting gear.

Under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), ships are subject to port State control inspections to verify compliance with cargo requirements including:

  • stowage
  • segregation
  • packaging
  • documentation.

We represent Australia at cargo-related IMO Sub-Committees:

  • Sub-Committee on the Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC)
  • Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR)

Cargo handling


Bulk cargoes

Dangerous goods regulations

Related IMO publications

  • International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code
  • IMDG Code Supplement
  • Code of Safe Practice for Solid Bulk Cargoes
  • International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code
  • IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code)
  • International Code for the Safe Carriage of Grain in Bulk
  • Code of Safe Practice for Ships Carrying Timber Deck Cargoes
  • Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers
  • International Convention for Safe Containers
  • Code of Safe Practice for the Carriage of Cargoes and Persons by Offshore Supply Vessels
  • Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing, including Guidelines for the Preparation of the Cargo Securing Manual

Last updated: 

Thursday 8 November 2018