Revoked by MSC.1/Circ.1649
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Revoked by MSC.1/Circ.1649

 This document has been revoked by MSC.1/Circ.1649

1 The Maritime Safety Committee, at its ninetieth session (16 to 25 May 2012), noted that Member Government reports, submitted in accordance with the format set out in annex 2 to this circular, on inspections of cargo transport units (CTUs), as they are defined in chapter 1.2 of the IMDG Code, carrying dangerous goods for international transport by sea, could benefit by having guidance on how to conduct the inspections being reported. Inspection procedures and protocols may vary, depending on the specific type of CTU, on how it is presented for inspection (e.g. whether mounted on chassis or grounded), and on the need for additional precautions dependent upon the specific nature of the dangerous goods (e.g. radioactive, explosive, inhalation hazard).

  2 The inspection guidance found in annex 1, while not in all cases definitive, is intended to provide Member Governments with adequate inspection guidelines and procedures to prompt substantial compliance with IMO standards and is applicable to all types of CTUs. Related circulars may be developed or updated to address peculiarities of specific types of CTUs and to provide greater detail on certain inspection items such as structural integrity (see resolution MSC.310(88)).

  3 Noting that in those countries where regular inspection programmes have been implemented, a considerable improvement has been experienced in the general compliance with those standards, the Committee decided to offer inspection guidance to Member Governments to facilitate improvement to and implementation of inspection programmes. To avoid the diverting of dangerous goods to ports where inspections are not carried out, a regional approach should be taken. In cases where the safety of the transport of dangerous goods is compromised as a result of serious or repeated infringements by an enterprise which has its headquarters on the territory of another competent authority, that competent authority should be notified of such infringements in order to investigate and take actions against those responsible.

  4 To help identify areas of improvement to pertinent IMO standards, Member Governments are requested to continue providing reports on inspections of cargo transport units. Assuming inspection procedures among Member Governments are comparable to the guidelines contained in annex 1, these reports provide an ability to justify and effect safety improvements without the need for an actual safety incident. To aid the Organization in evaluating the reports, Governments are invited to submit their reports in a structured manner, using the format given in annex 2, with at least the following information:

  • .1 number of CTUs examined;

  • .2 number of CTUs found with deficiencies; and

  • .3 number of deficiencies relating to each inspection item as noted.

  5 This circular supersedes MSC.1/Circ.1202.


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