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  1 The Maritime Safety Committee, at its ninety-first session (26 to 30 November 2012), noted that the Sub-Committee on Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargoes and Containers (DSC), at is seventeenth session (17 to 21 September 2011), had decided not to finalize a draft schedule for iron ore fines in order to await the outcome of related research, with a view to finalizing the draft schedule(s) and appropriate test methods at DSC 18; and had issued DSC.1/Circ.66/Rev.1 on Carriage of iron ore fines that may liquefy so that it would continue to be applied until the finalization of the schedule(s).

  2 In this regard, the Maritime Safety Committee, at its ninety-first session, authorized DSC 18 to issue a DSC circular on early implementation of the draft schedule(s) for iron ore fines, after the Sub-Committee finalizes the draft schedule(s).

  3 As instructed, DSC 18 (16 to 20 September 2013) prepared a draft individual schedule for IRON ORE FINES, a draft amendment to the individual schedule for IRON ORE and a draft amendment to appendix 2 to the IMSBC Code for the inclusion of "Modified Proctor/Fagerberg test procedure for iron ore fines", which are expected to be adopted as part of amendment 03-15 to the IMSBC Code by the Maritime Safety Committee, at its ninety-fifth session, in 2015. Therefore, taking into account that the mandatory entry into force date of these amendments would be 1 January 2017, DSC 18 agreed to invite SOLAS Contracting Governments to voluntarily implement the aforementioned draft schedules and test procedure as soon as possible.

  4 The draft individual schedule for IRON ORE FINES and the draft revised individual schedule for IRON ORE are set out in annexes 1 and 2 to this circular. The draft new test procedure for determining TML of iron ore fines is set out in annex 3 to this circular.

  5 Member Governments are invited to bring this circular to the attention of all concerned.

  6 This circular supersedes DSC.1/Circ.66/Rev.1.

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