DANGEROUS GOODS IN MACS3
One of the benefits that make MACS3 loading computer valuable for its users is the fact that it incorporates all relevant data as well as stowage and segregation rules of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code for onboard dangerous goods and hazardous cargo stowage - easy to use at the fingerprint.
The IMDG code is reviewed biennially. The last update to the IMDG Code (Amendment 39-18) was published in 2018. Compliance is optional from January 1, 2019 and mandatory on January 1, 2020 as it has been described in the resolution MSC.442(99) by the Maritime Safety Committee.
Navis has integrated the IMDG Amendment 39-18 into the MACS3 Dangerous Goods (DG) module. The updated MACS3 DG module is available and ready to be delivered.
What has changed in Amendment 39-18 that is applicable to MACS3?
- The topic “subsidiary risk(s)” was renamed in “subsidiary hazard(s)”.
- The segregation groups have been renamed: Instead of using the complete name such as acids, chlorites etc. the abbreviation code (SSG1 – SGG18) is used.
- There are 14 new entries in total in the dangerous goods (DG) list.
Changes within the DG List
- Change of the stowage category for several class 1 entries
- Many substances have now been assigned SG35, SG36 and/or SG49 (stow separated from acids/alkalis/cyanides)
- Update of the Emergency Schedule (EmS) guide according to changes in the DG list.
Changes in Segregation and Stowage Rules
- New segregation exemption for organic peroxides (UN numbers 3101-3120)
- Amendment to segregation code SG1
- New segregation codes SG76, SG77, SG78