IMDG Code Supplement, 2020 Edition


The International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code) relates to the safe carriage of dangerous goods by sea but does not include all details of procedures for packing of dangerous goods or actions to take in the event of an emergency or accident involving personnel who handle goods at sea. These aspects are covered by the publications that are associated with the IMDG Code, which are included in this Supplement.



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The Maritime Safety Committee, at its one hundred and second session, approved the amendments to the Revised Emergency Response Procedures for Ships Carrying Dangerous Goods (EmS Guide) (MSC.1/Circ.1588/Rev.1), as prepared by the Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC) at its sixth session (9 to 13 September 2019) and finalized by the Sub-Committee’s Editorial and Technical Group.

The Supplement also includes texts of the Medical First Aid Guide for Use in Accidents Involving Dangerous Goods (MFAG), descriptions of the reporting procedures for incidents involving dangerous goods, harmful substances and/or marine pollutants, recommendations on the safe use of pesticides in ships, the International Code for the Safe Carriage of Packaged Irradiated Nuclear Fuel, Plutonium and High-Level Radioactive Wastes on board Ships (INF Code), and other appropriate Assembly resolutions, resolutions and circulars of the MSC and circulars of the Facilitation Committee (FAL) and of the Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC) (formerly Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargoes and Containers) and contains the updated text of the Revised Guidelines for the preparation of the Cargo Securing Manual (MSC.1/Circ.1353/Rev.2).

As a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.

In other words, its role is to create a level playing-field so that ship operators cannot address their financial issues by simply cutting corners and compromising on safety, security and environmental performance. This approach also encourages innovation and efficiency.

Shipping is a truly international industry, and it can only operate effectively if the regulations and standards are themselves agreed, adopted and implemented on an international basis. And IMO is the forum at which this process takes place.