Solid Bulk Cargoes - Australian Government


You are required to comply with this code if you intend to operate a regulated Australian vessel, or a foreign vessel within Australian waters. This code prescribes the standards for the loading, stowing, carriage and unloading of solid bulk cargo. This code also gives effect to:

  • parts A and B of Chapter VI of the Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)
  • the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC)
  • the Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers (BLU).

The master of a ship has a responsibility to ensure that solid bulk cargoes are loaded and trimmed in accordance with section 5 of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC Code) and the Code of Practice for the Safe loading and unloading of Bulk Carriers (BLU Code).

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance 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 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Marine Order 34 (Solid bulk cargoes) 2016 Australian Government

Additional information

Please note that this code does not apply to the loading, stowing, carriage or unloading of grain. The International Code for the Safe Carriage of Grain in Bulk covers these functions.

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Ship Safety Division

Contact details

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Ship Safety Division

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Operating address: 82 Northbourne Avenue
Braddon, Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address: GPO BOX 2181
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Toll Free: 1800 627 484
Phone: 02 6279 5000