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International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code

Visitors to this site have their attention drawn to the above Code and the ever increasing number of bulletins and notices which are being issued by various parties including P & I Clubs concerning the dangers of carrying cargoes which are at risk of liquefaction.

Without wishing to labour the point, in just two months of 2010 (October and November) three vessels sank during the carriage of nickel ore from Indonesia to China with the loss of 44 lives.

The attention of those involved in the chain of exporting cargoes like nickel ore and iron ore fines and other concentrates is drawn to the importance of understanding the issues around Transportable Moisture Limit (TML).