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Inspection & Operational Requirements for IMDG Cargo

Inspection, Responsibilities & Duties by Port Authority before Loading Dangerous Goods:

  • A port authority shall perform the control of the compliance with this Regulation in the territory of the relevant port.
  • The port authority shall appoint an inspector (hereinafter – port inspector), which has good knowledge of national and international requirements in relation to the handling of dangerous and polluting cargoes in ports and the qualification of which is attested by a certificate confirming the competence with respect to the acquisition of the requirements specified in the MARPOL Convention, the International Convention for the Safety of Life and Sea of 1974, and the Protocols of 1978 and 1988 thereof (hereinafter – the SOLAS Convention), and the codes binding thereto (IBC, IMDG, IMSBC, IGC), as well as in the International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals (hereinafter – ISGOTT) of the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), the Liquefied Gas Handling Principles on Ships and in Terminals (hereinafter – SIGTTO Guidelines) of the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (hereinafter – SIGTTO) and Recommendations on the Safe Transport of Dangerous Cargoes and Related Activities in Port Areas (hereinafter – IMO Recommendations) of the International Maritime Organisation (hereinafter – IMO).
  • The port authority shall ensure training of the port inspector, as well as renewal of his or her certificate of competence at least once every two years.

Port state control / inspections on operational requirements w.r.t. Marpol Annex III:

MARPOL Annex III- Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution by Harmful Substances Carried by Sea in Packaged Form:-

Regulation 8 – Port State control on operational requirements*

  1. A ship when in a port of another Party is subject to inspection by officers duly authorized by such Party concerning operational requirements under this Annex, where there are clear grounds for believing that the master or crew are not familiar with essential shipboard procedures relating to the prevention of pollution by harmful substances.
  2. In the circumstances given in paragraph (1) of this regulation, the Party shall take such steps as will ensure that the ship shall not sail until the situation has been brought to order in accordance with the requirements of this Annex.
  3. Procedures relating to the port State control prescribed in article 5 of the present Convention shall apply to this regulation.
  4. Nothing in this regulation shall be construed to limit the rights and obligations of a Party carrying out control over operational requirements specifically provided for in the present Convention.

* Refer to the Procedures for port State control adopted by the Organization by resolution A.787(19) and amended by A.882(21), and as may be further amended.

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