Friday, 30 November 2018 14:33

IMSBC Code amendments to control liquefaction of coal

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Amendments to the IMSBC Code will enter into force on 1 January 2019 as per IMO Resolution MSC.426(98). Although coal is best known for its flammable and self-heating properties, certain coal cargoes may also be liable to liquefaction during transport. The upcoming amendments to the IMBC Code concern the criteria under which coal cargoes are considered Group A, i.e. liable to liquefy, in addition to the Group B chemical hazards which apply to all coal cargoes, such as potential self-heating or methane emissions. Coal cargoes may therefore require the same TML and moisture certification as other Group A cargoes, such as concentrates, nickel ore and iron ore fines. The classification of coal has changed so that all coal is to be treated as both Group A and B, unless otherwise tested. This means that all coal cargoes are to be considered as both liable to liquefy and have a chemical hazard.

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