7. Carriage of dangerous goods
7.1. General provisions1
7.1.1. The provisions of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG)
Code and any national laws and regulations are to be observed.
7.1.2. No dangerous goods should be loaded if not accompanied by appropriate
documentation. The documentation should state the correct technical name of the goods
(the manufacturer's trade name alone is not sufficient) and the United Nations number
so that the relevant information can be found in the IMO codes. The goods are to be
correctly described using the IMDG classification system.
7.1.3. Dangerous substances should be loaded or unloaded only under the
supervision of a responsible officer.
7.1.4. Goods should not be loaded if the packaging does not comply with IMDG
7.1.5. Packages are to be durably marked with the correct technical name and the
contents are to be identified by the IMDG classification and labelling system.
7.1.6. No containers or road vehicles containing dangerous goods should be
loaded without the provision of a container-packing certificate or vehicle-packing
certificate where required.
7.1.7. Seafarers should be advised beforehand of the dangerous nature of the
goods and of any necessary precautions to be observed. Seafarers required to handle
consignments containing dangerous substances are to be given adequate information on
the nature of the substances and any special precautions which are to be taken. If
accidental exposure to dangerous substances occurs, the IMO's Medical First Aid Guide
for Use in Accidents Involving Dangerous Goods (MFAG) should be consulted.2
7.1.8. The shipper should be responsible for informing the shipowner of any
special hazard, and should be required to forward instructions on the dangers and the
medical treatment of accidental spillage or poisoning and, if necessary, should supply
any special drugs required.3
7.1.9. Dangerous goods which are liable to interact dangerously are to be
effectively segregated from one another in accordance with the IMDG Code.
1 The International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code should be consulted before any known or
suspected dangerous goods are loaded.
2 The ILO Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Dock Work also provides that port workers
should be advised on the handling of dangerous goods.
3 For additional information, the IMDG Code and the IMO/WHO/ILO Medical first aid guide for
use in accidents involving dangerous goods (MFAG), published by the IMO, should be consulted.