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January 2007

Revised Recommendations on the Safe Transport of Dangerous Cargoes and Related Activities in Port Areas (KB290E) (eBook)

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This publication sets out in full the Revised Recommendations on the Safe Transport of Dangerous Cargoes and Related Activities in Port Areas. These recommendations are intended to set out a standard framework to ensure the safe transport and handling of dangerous cargoes in port areas.

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A Recommendation on the Safe Practice of Dangerous Goods in Ports and Harbours was first circulated in November 1973. The subsequent development of new techniques in shore and ship operations, as well as the desirability of having more comprehensive recommendations which included dangerous goods in packaged form, liquid and solid dangerous substances and liquefied gas carried in bulk, made it necessary to revise and update the Recommendation. The Recommendations are aligned with relevant IMO codes and the IMDG Code in particular. It is considered essential to harmonize the rules within the port area with the ship in order to ensure smooth operations and to avoid misunderstandings between ship and shore.


This revised edition includes:

  • A new chapter on security provisions

  • A new annex on fumigation of cargo areas

  • A new glossary of terminology relevant to the handling of dangerous cargoes

  • Up-to-date recommendations for the IMDG Code and other Codes.

1          Introduction


2          Application and Definitions

2.1       Application

2.2       Definitions

2.3       Security-related terms 


3          Warehouses, terminal areas and infrastructure

3.1       General

3.2       Land-use planning

3.3       Considerations for specific dangerous cargoes

3.4       Specific considerations for warehouses and terminal areas


4          Training

4.1       Regulatory authorities

4.2       Management

4.3       Personnel (cargo interests, berth operators and ships)

4.4       Training Content


5          Security Provisions


6          Responsibilities

6.1       Role of regulatory authorities

6.2       Role of Port Authorities

6.3       Role of berth operators and cargo interests

6.4       Awareness


7          General recommendations for regulatory authorities, port authorities, ships, berth operators and cargo interests

7.1       Regulatory authorities and port authorities

7.2       Ships carrying dangerous cargoes           

7.3       Shore installations           

7.4       Cargo interests


8          Dangerous cargoes in packaged form

8.1       Documentation

8.2       Supervision

8.3       Information for operational and emergency purpose

8.4       General handling precautions


9          Liquid bulk dangerous cargoes (including liquefied gas)

9.1       General

9.2       Ships carrying liquid bulk dangerous cargoes

9.3       Shore installations

9.4       Handling

9.5       Special categories

9.6       Combination carriers


10        Solid bulk dangerous cargoes

10.1     Documentation

10.2     Responsibility for compliance

10.3     Emission of harmful dusts

10.4     Emission of dangerous vapour/oxygen deficiency

10.5     Emission of explosive dusts

10.6     Spontaneously combustible substances and substances that react with water

10.7     Oxidizing substances

10.8     Incompatible materials


Annex 1           Advance notification

Annex 2           Transport and handling of explosives of class 1

Annex 3           Segregation of radioactive materials on shore

Annex 4           Minimum safety requirements for carrying out hot work

Annex 5           Bunkering precautions, including bunkering checklist

Annex 6           Alphabetical index of, and cross-references between, recommendations in section 3 and 7

Annex 7           Guide to fumigation


Appendix 1      Glossary of terminology of relevance to the handling of dangerous cargoes

Appendix 2      Selected bibliography list of internationally recognized codes and guides relevant to the transport and handling of dangerous cargoes in port areas

A​​s 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. And IMO is the forum at which this process takes place.

Title: Revised Recommendations on the Safe Transport of Dangerous Cargoes and Related Activities in Port Areas (KB290E) (eBook)
Edition: 2007
Number of Pages: 128
Product Code: MM1010EA
ISBN: ISBN 13: 9789280114720, ISBN 10: 9280114727
Published Date: January 2007
Author: IMO

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