Cargo regulations

Handling and transport of cargoes and dangerous goods is governed by agreed international minimum requirements provided by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

We implement the IMO agreed international minimum requirements in Australia for all safety-related aspects of the handling and transport of cargoes and dangerous goods.

IMSBC code 2016 edition (including 03-15 amendments)

The individual schedule for iron ore in the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC code) incorporating amendment 03-15 and supplement 2016 edition was not the amended version.

The IMO has issued an erratum which includes the correct individual iron ore schedule, as amended by the 03-15 amendments.

If you have a hard copy of the IMSBC code this should be printed out and inserted into your copy. If you purchased the e-reader file, you can access the erratum using the internet update or check for content update function on the IMO bookshelf.  

The IMSBC code and erratum remain the responsibility of the IMO. If you have any further questions about the erratum for the version of the IMSBC code you may have, you should contact the IMO or the IMO authorised seller you purchased your copy from.

SOLAS amendments relating to verified gross mass of containers

Revisions to the SOLAS convention came into effect from 1 July 2016, making the shipper responsible for verifying the gross mass of a container and stating this verified gross mass on the maritime shipping documents. The shipper can use either:

  • Method 1—weighing the fully laden (packed) container
  • Method 2—weighing the cargo, and adding the weight of the empty container (tare).

For either method weighing equipment used must meet standards of accuracy prescribed in the applicable legislation.

From 1 July 2016 all containers being shipped from Australia must have a declared verified gross mass on the maritime shipping documents.

Containers without a verified gross mass on the maritime shipping documents cannot be loaded.

    Dangerous goods training for shore-side personnel involved in shipment of dangerous goods

    Chapter 1.3 of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code requires shore-side personnel engaged in the transport (including packing, marking and declaring) intended to be shipped by sea to receive general and function specific training. This requirement is reflected in section 21 of Marine Order 41 where persons must be trained if they are undertaking the following functions:

    • packing dangerous goods in packages 
    • marking, labelling or placarding dangerous goods
    • loading or unloading cargo transport units 
    • preparing transport documents for dangerous goods.

    It is recommended that all other shore-based staff engaged in the shipment of dangerous goods are trained to the standards specified in the IMDG code. We have ‘accepted’ a range of courses that may be used to comply with this requirement:

    We publish the Dangerous, harmful and hazardous cargoes handbook third edition, which is both a training aid and a practical guide to compliance. It can be purchased from us for A$20 plus GST and postage, or for orders of 100 or more A$15 plus GST and postage.

      Last updated: 

      Thursday 20 September 2018