– There is a new section setting out conditions when specified types of lamp are
exempt from the IMDG Code’s provisions.
– There is a new paragraph 188.8.131.52 referencing the International Convention for
Safe Containers, 1972, as amended.
– Throughout the new Amendment there are updates to provisions concerning class
7 primarily to reflect the changes to the IAEA “Regulations for the Safe Transport
of Radioactive Material, 2012 Edition, IAEA Safety Standards Series No.
SSR–6,IAEA, Vienna (2012).
– There are several changes to the classification provisions in Part 2, including
changes to PSNs for several class entries.
-For marine pollutants there is a new 184.108.40.206 which provides conditional
exemptions from the majority of the IMDG Code’s provisions.
– There are numerous updates to the Dangerous Goods List (DGL) in 3.2 including
the addition of 20 new UN Numbers from UN 3507 to UN 3526.
– Column 16 of the DGL is now split into columns 16a and 16b and stowage and
segregation requirements are now coded, stowage and handling codes in 16a;
segregation codes in 16b.
– There are many revisions to the packing instructions, including those for I
BCs and large packagings
and a number of new packing instructions: P208, P505, P805,
P908, P909, LP903, LP904.
– Clarifications on the design and dimensions of various package marks, labels and
placards have been provided including the ‘marine pollutant’ a
nd ‘limited quantity’ markings.
– There are a few changes to documentation requirements in Chapter 5.4 e.g.
clarification of the requirements for ‘marine pollutant’ endorsements.
– There are several changes to Part 6 of the Code, particularly to the provisi
ons for packagings for class 7 (chapter 6.4) and pressure receptacles, aerosol dispensers and gas cartridges (chapter 6.2).
– In chapter 6.6, ‘large salvage packagings’ are added.
– There are numerous changes to Part 7 to reflect the new columns 16a and 16b
in the DGL.
– There are new explanatory notes in 7.1.5, 7.1.6 and 7.2.8 respectively for the
stowage (SW), handling (H) and segregation codes (SG) now appearing in
columns 16a and 16b.
– There is a new segregation requirement in 7.2.4. Flammable gases (class 2.1) and
flammable liquids (class 3) must now be ‘separated from’ substances which, in
contact with water, emit flammable gases (class 4.3). This reflects the changes
adopted for these classes in the DGL.
– There is also a new segregation requirement provided by SG26 which states ‘In
addition: from goods of classes 2.1 and 3 when stowed on deck of a containership
a minimum distance of two container spaces athwartship shall be maintained,
when stowed on ro-ro ships a distance of 6 m athwartship shall be maintained.’.
This applies to almost all class 4.3s (including sub-risks) and also covers metal
powders and peroxides etc. in other classes.