What’s New in IMDG Code 37th Amendment?

IMDG Code 37th amendment will come in print by October 2014. Countries, shipper &, shipping lines can adopt IMDG Code 37th amendment in whole or in part on a voluntary basis as from 1 January 2015. From 1st January 2016 IMDG Code 37th amendment will become mandatory.

What is new?

-> New section for Lamps containing dangerous goods in application and implementation sets out conditions for lamps which are not subject to the provisions of IMDG Code.

-> Addition of International Convention for Safe Containers, 1972, as amended covering Regulations for the testing, inspection, approval and maintenance of containers.

IMDG Code Amd 37 Vol I and II
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– > Changes in general provisions concerning radioactive material

– > Addition of Adsorbed gas under class 2

-> Changes to assignment of packing group of viscous flammable liquids

-> Changes to text in Classification of solid substances of class 5.1

-> Amendments to exemptions under Infectious substances

-> Various changes in chapter 2.7 for radioactive materials

-> Changes to proper shipping names for some goods under class 9 and clarification of absence of letter P in column 4 of dangerous goods list. ( Airbags, Seat Belts, Capacitors)

-> Column 16 stowage and segregation now replaced with column 16a and 16b, Stowage and handling & segregation

-> Various changes to dangerous goods entries with respect to packing instructions, marine pollutant, special provisions and complete change of column 16 being replaced by stowage, handling and segregation codes.

-> Addition of new UN Numbers from 3507 to 3526

-> Changes to many existing and addition of 12 new special provisions

-> Amendment of limited quantity marking and placarding

-> Amendment to excepted quantity marking

-> Amendment to some packing instructions and addition of new packing instructions

-> New size requirement of OVERPACK marking from 1st Jan 2016

-> Various changes to labels and placards

-> Various changes in documentation and fumigation & Coolant/conditioning warning mark

-> Changes in construction and testing of packagings

-> Addition of stowage, handling and segregation codes

Do you have more points to add to this list or have more information on the new IMDG Code 37th Amendment? Let’s know in the comments below.

About the Author 

shashi kallad

Shashi Kallada

With total 24 years in Merchant Shipping,  Shashi Kallada has spent last 11 years working on Packaged Dangerous Goods. He is an  ex-Sailor, ex- P&O Nedlloyd Dangerous Goods Specialist, Ex Manager Global Dangerous Goods Maersk Line + MCC Transport + Mercosul line and Safmarine South African export. He is also a freelance photographer and an amateur cyclist.

The article was first published at shashikallada.com and has been reproduced with the permission of the author.


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  1. Does supply vessel operating in costal run supporting Oil & Gas operations requires any Licenses or Permits from any authority for carriage of of Radio Active source. Does vessel need any of the permissions to carry.
    Please note am not asking what is required for movement of Radioactive source as freight.

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