Safety of Life At Shore

How dangerous goods are handled at ports? There are no universally accepted or adopted methods for safe handling of dangerous goods at ports. …The best guidelines come from IMO, International Maritime Organization, through Recommendations on The Safe Transport of Dangerous Cargoes and Related Activities in Port Areas.

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NISAA IMDG Code Workshop - Delhi November 2015

NISAA Dangerous Goods Workshop at Delhi

The workshop on IMDG Code, attended by 20 organizations under NISAA’s umbrella, was conducted by Shashi Kallada who explained basic regulatory frameworks of IMDG Code, International Rail, Road, River transport of packaged dangerous goods from shipper to consignee through rail, road, river haulage and carriage by sea under SOLAS, 1974, as amended & MARPOL 73/78 conventions of IMO and country specific differences of India’s Major trading partners such as U.S., U.K., EU, CIS, Japan, Korea, OECD & more.

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Musing on Class 2 Gases

Among all classes of dangerous goods the most deadliest is Class 2.3 (Toxic gases). The moment toxic gas escapes from its containment it can kill. This is the reason why IMDG Code prohibits stowage of empty uncleaned packages of class 2.3 under deck though empty uncleaned packages of other classes are permitted to be stowed under deck even if stowage under deck when full is prohibited

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Competent Authority’s Responsibilities in IMDG Code 37th Amendment

Below is the list of provisions which require exemption. Approval, authorization or involvement by competent authority. National competent authorities may use this list to delegate duties among their departments or bodies they have authorized to perform these duties.

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The Death of Cleopatra - Guido Cagnacci [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Cleopatra, Toxicology and Transport Regulations

Grieving for the death of Mark Antony, whom she loved most dearly, having no hope for her son Ptolemy Caesar to live, forget becoming emperor,Cleopatra foresaw her doomed future. What can be more humiliating to Cleopatra, who called herself the goddess Isis, the wife of Osiris, than being paraded in victory march in Rome by the triumphant Octavian, who later became Emperor Augustus Caesar.

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Plane Loaded in Cargo Hold of Container Ship - Photo by 2nd Mate Ashwin

Planes, Trains and Automobiles – IMDG Code 37-14

A car, when burns, leaves nothing but its Skelton and emit toxic flames. It contains flammable fluid, gas, corrosive batteries, airbags, seat belts, may be extinguisher, air-conditioning gas, pneumatic or hydraulic components. Together when they go up in flame it can result in catastrophic fire, explosion and damage, especially in confined areas or in a shipping container.

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Aerosol Classification

Aerosols – Classification and Danger

Deodorants can be deadly, it has caused fire, explosion, death due to improper usage. Cars have gone up in flame due to deodorant left in it. Inhaling solvents in the deodorant may cause cardiac abnormality.
Whether you transport aerosols or not, following below precautionary statements while using/storing your body sprays, insecticides sprays and other aerosols can prevent you from injury or fire.

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ISO Tanks loaded on Vessel

Stowage and Segregation of Dangerous Goods on Container Ships

Stowage of dangerous goods on board container ships are decided by two factors, Document of Compliance and IMDG Code. IMDG Code sets forth the Stowage and Segregation Rules which is executed on each vessel according to the Document of Compliance issued to her. Document of Compliance is issued to a vessel if it meets the requirements of SOLAS Regulation II-2/19, Construction – Fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction (Carriage of Dangerous Goods).

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Seafood - Photo Credit Sunil UK

Marine Pollutants – MARPOL ANNEX III

If a chemical can alter the taste of seafood then it is MARINE POLLUTANT!
Annex III of MARPOL, entered into force on 1st July 1992, deals with “Prevention of Pollution by Harmful Substances Carried by Sea in Packaged Form”. Today, the number of contracting parties and states to Annex III is 138, which accounts to 97.59% of the World Tonnage.

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Example Container Marking for Dangerous Goods in Limited Quantities

Dangerous Goods in Limited Quantities (IMDG Code 37-14)

‘Good things come in small packages’. The provisions of Limited Quantities was introduced in IMDG Code in the 90’s. The lesser quantity Dangerous Goods packed in good, robust packaging pose lesser risks during transport than the same goods packed in larger volumes. On the basis of this, lesser risk, shippers are given some exemptions from certain other provisions of IMDG Code when shipping Dangerous Goods in Limited Quantities.

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Entry into Enclosed Space – Containers

Any space which has limited openings for entry and exit, inadequate ventilation and not designed for continuous worker occupancy is an Enclosed Space.

A Shipping container meets the definition of, and is, an enclosed space! A container may have oxygen depleted or enriched atmosphere, further, due to the presence of dangerous goods, may have, corrosive, toxic or flammable atmosphere.

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API Gravity, The Brent and IMDG Code

Today much is been discussed about tumbling Brent crude price and its effect on global economy. While Indians will hail the falling price Venezuelans & Russians will look gloomy. Crumbling Russian rubles and many crying not being translated to cheaper fuel for their cars and bikes is filling the limited pages of newsprint.

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