For the purpose of this chapter:
Bulk carrier means a ship which
is intended primarily to carry dry cargo in bulk, including such types
as ore carriers and combination carriersfootnote.
Bulk carrier of single-side skin construction means a bulk carrier as defined in paragraph 1, in which:
.1 any part of a cargo hold is bounded by the
side shell; or
.2 where one or more cargo holds are bounded by
a double-side skin, the width of which is less than 760 mm in bulk
carriers constructed before 1 January 2000 and less than 1,000 mm
in bulk carriers constructed on or after 1 January 2000 but before
1 July 2006, the distance being measured perpendicular to the side
Such ships include combination carriers in which any part of
a cargo hold is bounded by the side shell.
Bulk carrier of double-side skin construction means a bulk carrier as defined in paragraph 1, in which all
cargo holds are bounded by a double-side skin, other than as defined
in paragraph 2.2.
Double-side skin means a configuration
where each ship side is constructed by the side shell and a longitudinal
bulkhead connecting the double bottom and the deck. Hopper side tanks
and top-side tanks may, where fitted, be integral parts of the double-side
Length of a bulk carrier means
the length as defined in the International Convention on Load Lines
Solid bulk cargo means any material,
other than liquid or gas, consisting of a combination of particles,
granules or any larger pieces of material, generally uniform in composition,
which is loaded directly into the cargo spaces of a ship without any
intermediate form of containment.
Bulk carrier bulkhead and double bottom
strength standards means "Standards for the evaluation of scantlings
of the transverse watertight vertically corrugated bulkhead between
the two foremost cargo holds and for the evaluation of allowable hold
loading of the foremost cargo hold" adopted by resolution 4 of the Conference of Contracting
Governments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life
at Sea, 1974 on 27 November 1997, as may be amended by the Organization,
provided that such amendments are adopted, brought into force and
take effect in accordance with the provisions of article VIII of the present Convention
concerning the amendment procedures applicable to the Annex other
than chapter I.
Bulk carriers constructed means
bulk carriers the keels of which are laid or which are at a similar
stage of construction.
A similar stage of construction means
the stage at which:
.1 construction identifiable with a specific ship
.2 assembly of that ship has commenced comprising
at least 50 tonnes or one per cent of the estimated mass of all structural
material, whichever is less.