IMDG Code 2014 Edition

(Including updates from 2016)



The International Maritime Dangerous Goods 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.

Within a continuing process of revision of publications that are relevant to the IMDG Code, The EmS Guide: Emergency Response Procedures for Ships Carrying Dangerous Goods was further amended at the ninetieth and the ninety-third sessions of MSC in May 2012 and May 2013, and the details are described in MSC.1/Circ.1438 and MSC.1/Circ.1476, respectively.

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 and of the Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (formerly Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargoes and Containers).

New and updated documents include Revised Guidelines for a structure of an integrated system of contingency planning for shipboard emergencies (A.1072(28)), a Conversion table (record of amendments) for part 7 requirements of the IMDG Code concerning transport operations (MSC.1/Circ.1439), Illustrations of segregation of cargo transport units on board containerships and ro-ro ships (MSC.1/Circ.1440), and Inspection programmes for cargo transport units carrying dangerous goods (MSC.1/Circ.1442).

Note: The IMO/ILO/UNECE Guidelines for packing of cargo transport units1 are no longer included in this Supplement.

Appendix B

EmS Guide

  1. Refer to IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of practice for packing of cargo transport units (CTU Code) (MSC.1/Circ.1497).