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International Code for the Safe Carriage of Grain in Bulk: International Grain Code (I240E)

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This Code applies to ships regardless of size, including those of less than 500 tons gross tonnage, engaged in the carriage of grain in bulk, to which Part C of Chapter VI of the 1974 SOLAS Convention, as amended, applies.

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This publication includes definitions of all terms related to the carriage of grain in bulk and expands on information regarding ships’ stability requirements and grain loading. Operational guidance is also given to eliminate grain heeling. The Code includes both general and specific volumetric assumptions for the purpose of calculating adverse heeling moments.

Resolution MSC.23(59) (adopted on 23 May 1991)

Annex International Code for the Safe Carriage of Grain in Bulk

            Part A  Specific requirements

            Part B  Calculation of assumed heeling moments and general assumptions

Appendix 1974 SOLAS Convention, Chapter VI, Part C, as amended by resolution MSC.22(59)

In response to the growing need for broader regulation of the carriage of all cargoes that may pose a hazard to ships or personnel, the Maritime Safety Committee decided to replace the original Chapter Vl of the 1974 SOLAS Convention, which contained detailed regulations on the carriage of grain in bulk, with requirements of a more general nature and to place the detailed provisions on grain in a mandatory code.


At its fifty-ninth session, the Committee adopted by resolution MSC.22(59) amendments to the 1974 SOLAS Convention, including a Chapter Vl so revised.

Part C of the revised Chapter Vl deals with the carriage of grain, and is supplemented by the International Code for the Safe Carriage of Grain in Bulk, adopted at the same session by the Committee by resolution MSC.23(59) and set out therein. The Code is to take effect on 1 January 1994, the date of entry into force of the amendments to Chapter Vl. For ease of reference, Part C of the revised Chapter Vl is reproduced in the Appendix to this publication.


In adopting resolution MCS.23(59), the Committee recognized that the provisions of the IMP Grain Rules (resolution A.264(Vlll)) should remain in effect for ships of those States Parties to the 1960 SOLAS Convention but not to the 1974 SOLAS Convention.


The footnotes to the text of the Code are given for reference only and do not form part of the Code.

As a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.

In other words, its role is to create a level playing field so that ship operators cannot address their financial issues by simply cutting corners and compromising on safety, security and environmental performance. This approach also encourages innovation and efficiency.

Shipping is a truly international industry, and it can only operate effectively if the regulations and standards are themselves agreed, adopted and implemented on an international basis. The IMO is the forum at which this process takes place.

Title: International Code for the Safe Carriage of Grain in Bulk: International Grain Code (I240E)
Edition: 1991
Number of Pages: 35
Product Code: 4410m031
ISBN: ISBN 13: 9789280112757, ISBN 10: 9280112759
Published Date: January 1991
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 240 mm
Book Width: 150 mm
Book Spine: 4 mm
Weight: 0.14 kg
Author: IMO

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