(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Certain cargoes have self-heating properties which can lead to spontaneous combustion and fires that threaten harm to people, property and the environment. Charcoal and other forms of carbon are amongst such cargoes and they require certain preparations before they can be shipped safely.
It is estimated that global production of wood Charcoal and Carbon for domestic and export markets isÂ about 53 million tonnes per year.Â The practices set out in this document are intended to improve safety during the carriage of Charcoal and Carbon and to ensure that it is properly declared, packaged and carried.
Charcoal and Carbon shall be transported in compliance with the requirements set out in theÂ International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code). However, the practices set out belowÂ include selected provisions from the IMDG Code plus additional precautions to enhance its safeÂ carriage.
With the global production of wood charcoal and carbon reaching some 50 million tonnes annually, the practices set out in the Guidelines are intended both to improve safety during the carriage of these products, and to ensure that it is properly declared, packaged and carried.
These Guidelines (published jointly by CINS and the International Group of P&I Clubs) for the carriageÂ of Charcoal and Carbon in containers have been prepared by a CINS Work Group.
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Source:Â CINS and the International Group of P&I Clubs