Requirements for Bulk Carriers - Australian Government


You may be required to comply with this code if you operate a ship that is a bulk carrier cargo vessel.

A bulk carrier that primarily carries dry cargo in bulk must comply with this code of practice unless it is:

  • Constructed after 31 December 2008;
  • It is dedicated to carrying woodchips, cement, fly ash or sugar in bulk;
  • The loading and unloading of the cargo is not carried out by grabs heavier than 10 tonnes, power shovels or other means likely to damage a cargo hold structure; and
  • It has a statement for carrying dry cargoes in bulk.

A vessel that occasionally carries dry cargo in bulk that was constructed after 30 June 2010 and is mentioned in paragraph 1.6 or 1.7 of IMO Resolution MSC.277(85) must:

  • Meet the requirements of the paragraph it is mentioned in; and
  • Have a statement for carrying dry cargoes in bulk.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Act(s) name

Navigation Act 2012 AG

Regulation(s) name

Marine Order 35 (Additional safety measures for bulk carriers) 2014 AG

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Ship Safety Division