The IMSBC Code entered into force on 1 January 2011, replacing the former Code of Safe Practice for Solid Bulk Cargoes (BC Code). The requirements of this Code are mandatory under the provision of the SOLAS Convention.
The prime hazards associated with the shipment of solid bulk cargoes by vessel are those relating to structural damage due to improper cargo distribution, loss or reduction of stability during a voyage and chemical reactions of cargoes. The primary aim of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC Code) is to facilitate the safe stowage and shipment of solid bulk cargoes by providing information on the dangers associated with certain cargoes and instructions on the procedures to be adopted when loading such cargoes. Appendix 1 of the Code (the individual schedules) lists, alphabetically, most of the solid bulk cargoes presently being transported in commerce by vessel.
The National Cargo Bureau, parent company of Exis Technologies, has developed an e-learning course which gives an overview of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargo (IMSBC) Code and assists the training of persons in the requirements and use of the Code. The course is based on the 2020 Edition of the IMSBC Code, incorporating Amendment 05-19 of the IMSBC Code.