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Dangerous chemicals in bulk (IBC)

IBC code governs the transport of dangerous chemicals

The "International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC code) contains requirements for the carriage of dangerous chemicals and noxious liquid substances in bulk by sea. The IBC code is made mandatory by being referenced in chapter VII, part B of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS convention). In German law the IBC code is implemented with the "Gefahrgutverordnung See" (Ordinance on the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Sea). 

The purpose of the IBC Code is to provide an international standard for the safe carriage, in bulk by sea, of dangerous chemicals and noxious liquid substances. The code prescribes the design, construction and equipment standards of ships, especially of chemical tankers.

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List of chemicals provides information on risks during transportation

The IBC code contains a list of all the substances it covers. This list provides information on hazards of these substances and on minimum requirements for ships carrying them.

The objectives of the IBC code must neither be confused with those of MARPOL annex I (oil and oil products) nor with those of the IMDG code (dangerous goods in packaged form).