The meaning of Declare (verb) is to make known or state clearly, especially in explicit or formal terms; to announce officially; proclaim; to state emphatically; to manifest; reveal; show; When none of the above happens, it is termed as “to misdeclare” or “misdeclaration“.. … Read more here..
In the IMDG Code, many actions are listed but the responsibility to carry out that action may not be specifically assigned to any particular person.
The IMDG Code does however assign responsibilities to named persons or entities in certain cases, such as;
- Shipper: for classification, assigning proper shipping name, packaging, marking, labelling, placarding, dangerous goods declaration
- Packer: for packing of CTU and related responsibilities.
- Master: of the vessel- responsibilities under SOLAS Chapter VII Part A & MARPOL Annex III
- Competent Authorities: for granting exemptions and approvals
No one knows what is inside the box; everyone depends on the dangerous goods declaration.
In the past few years, we have seen a large number of maritime disasters such as catastrophic fires onboard ships mostly due to misdeclared and undeclared dangerous goods.
Some of the vessels which had major fires in the year 2019 are Yantian Express, APL Vancouver, E.R. Kobe, Grande America, KMTC Hong Kong, APL Le Havre.
Most of the cases involving leakage, fires, cargo damage is linked to undeclared, misdeclared or poorly packed containers.
Gatvol (ˈxʌtˌfɒl) is a commonly used South African term meaning “fed up” or “I have had it up to here”.. This is seems to be the mood in the Hapag Lloyd camp as they recently announced hefty fines for misdeclaration of dangerous goods..
Hazardous goods can be defined as materials or items with hazardous properties which if not properly controlled, may present a potential hazard to human and animal health and safety, the environment and infrastructure..
Hazardous goods must be classified, packaged, marked, labelled and packed as per the regulations set out by the IMDG Code by the International Maritime Organisation and also needs to be handled with utmost care and consideration of its dangerous nature..
Any misdeclaration, miscommunication or incorrect documentation could have severe consequences and could prove disastrous to human lives on shore or on a ship..
We all need to understand that Dangerous Goods or Hazardous Goods have been given this name for a reason..
In this article we discuss the mandatory details required for the transportation of hazardous cargo by road.. Are the transporters taking these requirements seriously..?? Join the discussion..
Article outlining all that we need to know about Dangerous Goods segregation.. Courtesy of Shashi Kallada – IMDG Code Compliance Centre
An article about the Origin and Evolution of the IMDG Code for the carriage of hazardous goods..
Vehicles with combustion engines to be shipped as Hazardous cargo It has been advised that as per IMDG Code Amendment 35, effective 1st January 2012, all equipment fitted with an … Read more here..