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The Merchant Shipping (Dangerous Goods and Marine Pollutants) Regulations 1997 implement the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code and apply to all United Kingdom ships and all ships in United Kingdom waters. 2.
The IMDG Code and its Supplement are directed at everyone involved in the transport of dangerous goods by sea and its provisions affect industries and services involved in the supply chain from manufacturer/consignor to consignee and passengers.
No packaged goods shall be offered for carriage or taken on board any ship unless a dangerous goods declaration or a marine pollutants declaration, or a combined dangerous goods and marine pollutants declaration, as appropriate has been provided to the master or operator.
This declaration must be combined with a document including the proper shipping name, the class and division where applicable, the United Nations (UN) numbers where allocated by the IMDG Code, where relevant the packaging or packing group, the number and kind of packages, the total quantity of dangerous goods or net explosive mass of the contents, the words MARINE POLLUTANT where appropriate; and any other information required by the IMDG Code.
In preparing any goods for shipment it shall be the duty of the shipper to identify and classify dangerous goods or marine pollutants. For packaged goods, the person responsible for packing shall: ensure that the stowage, segregation and securing of the goods is adequate and in accordance with the IMDG Code; provide the operator or master or shipper or forwarder, with a signed packing certificate in accordance with the requirements of the IMDG Code, indicating the cargo transport unit, identification number or numbers and identifying the place and date of the operation, the name of the person responsible for the packing and his status, and company or organisation.
All these documents can be in electronic format. Packaged goods shall not be taken on any ship for carriage in that ship unless they are marked, labelled and placarded, and display a fumigation warning sign, as appropriate and specified in the IMDG Code.
The shipper of any dangerous goods or marine pollutants to be carried in bulk shall provide the operator or the master with a notification in writing giving notice of the nature of the goods and, in the case of liquid goods with a flashpoint at or below 60 degrees Celsius (closed cup), specifying the flashpoint of those goods. Such notification shall specify the correct technical name of the goods, their UN number (if any) and, for dangerous goods carried in solid form in bulk, the classification as listed in the IMDG Code to which those goods belong.
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