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International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea

Done at London 17 June 1960

Entered into Force: 26 May 1965

CHAPTER VII

CARRIAGE OF DANGEROUS GOODS

Regulation 1

APPLICATION

(a) Unless expressly provided otherwise, this Chapter applies to
the carriage of dangerous goods in all ships to which the
present Regulations apply.

(b) The provisions of this Chapter do not apply to ship's stores
and equipment or to particular cargoes carried in ships
specially built or converted as a whole for that purpose, such
as tankers.

(c) The carriage of dangerous goods is prohibited except in
accordance with the provisions of this Chapter.

(d) To supplement the provisions of this Chapter each
Contracting Government shall issue, or cause to be issued,
detailed instructions on the safe packing and stowage of
specific dangerous goods or categories of dangerous goods which
shall include any precautions necessary in their relation to
other cargo.

Regulation 2

CLASSIFICATION

Dangerous goods shall be divided into the following classes:

Class 1: Explosives.

Class 2: Gases: compressed, liquefied or dissolved under
pressure.

Class 3: Inflammable liquids.

Class 4: (a)Inflammable solids.

Class 4: (b) Inflammable solids, or Substances, liable to
spontaneous combustion.

Class 4: (c) Inflammable solids, or substances, which in contact
with water emit inflammable gases.

Class 5: (a) Oxidizing substances.

Class 5: (b) Organic peroxides.

Class 6: (a) Poisonous (toxic) substances.

Class 6:(b) Infectious substances.

Class 7: Radioactive substances,

Class 8: Corrosives.

Class 9: Miscellaneous dangerous substances, that is any other
substance which experience has shown, or may show, to be of such
a dangerous character that the provisions of this Chapter should
apply to it.

Regulation 3

PACKING

(a) The packing of dangerous goods shall be (i) well made and in
good condition; (ii) of such a character that any interior
surface with which the contents may come in contact is not
dangerously affected by the substance being conveyed and (iii)
capable of withstanding the ordinary risks of handling and
carriage by sea.

(b) Where the use of absorbent or cushioning material is
customary in the packing of liquids in receptacles that material
shall be (i) capable of minimising the dangers to which the
liquid may give rise, (ii) so disposed as to prevent movement
and ensure that the receptacle remains surrounded and (iii)
where reasonably possible of sufficient quantity to absorb the
liquid in the event of breakage of the receptacle.

(c) Receptacles containing dangerous liquids shall have an
ullage at the filling temperature sufficient to allow for the
highest temperature during the course of normal carriage.

(d) Cylinders or receptacles for gases under pressure shall be
adequately constructed, tested, maintained and correctly filled.

(e) Empty receptacles which have been used previously for the
carriage of dangerous goods shall themselves be treated as
dangerous goods unless they have been cleaned and dried or, when
the nature of the former contents permit with safety, have been
closed securely.

Regulation 4

MARKING AND LABELLING

Each receptacle containing dangerous goods shall be marked with
the correct technical name (trade names shall not be used) and
identified with a distinctive label or stencil of the label so
as to make clear the dangerous character. Each receptacle shall
be so labelled except receptacles containing chemicals packed in
limited quantities and large shipments which can be stowed,
handled and identified as a unit.

Regulation 5

DOCUMENTS

(a) In all documents relating to the carriage of dangerous goods
by sea where the goods are named the correct technical name of
the goods shall be used (trade names shall not be used) and the
correct description given in accordance with the classification
set out in Regulation 2 of this Chapter

(b) The shipping documents prepared by the shipper shall
include, or be accompanied by, a certificate or declaration that
the shipment offered for carriage is properly packed, marked and
labelled and in proper condition for carriage.

(c) Each ship carrying dangerous goods shall have a special list
or manifest setting forth, in accordance with Regulation 2 of
this Chapter, the dangerous goods on board and the location
thereof. A detailed stowage plan which identifies by class and
sets out the location of all dangerous goods on board may be
used in place of such special list or manifest.

Regulation 6

TEMPORARY EXCEPTIONS TO REGULATIONS 4 AND 5

Contracting Governments which have a uniform system of rules for
land and sea transport relating to the carriage of dangerous
goods and cannot therefore immediately apply the provisions of
Regulations 4 and 5 of this Chapter may authorise departures
from the provisions of those Regulations for a period not -
exceeding twelve months from the date on which the Convention
comes into force, provided that dangerous goods as classified in
Regulation 2 of this Chapter are also so classified in the
shipping documents and are labelled accordingly.

Regulation 7

STOWAGE REQUIREMENTS

(a) Dangerous goods shall be stowed safely and appropriately
according to the nature of the goods. Incompatible goods shall
be segregated from one another.

(b) Explosives (except ammunition) which present a serious risk
shall be stowed in a magazine which shall be kept securely
closed while at sea. Such explosives shall be segregated from
detonators. Electrical apparatus and cables in any compartment
in which explosives are carried shall be designed and used so as
to minimise the risk of fire or explosion.

(c) Goods which give off dangerous vapours shall be stowed in a
well ventilated space or on deck.

(d) In ships carrying inflammable liquids or gases special
precautions shall be taken where necessary against fire or
explosion.

(e) Substances which are liable to spontaneous heating or
combustion shall not be carried unless adequate precautions have
been taken to prevent the outbreak of fire.

Regulation 8

EXPLOSIVES IN PASSENGER SHIPS

(a) In passenger ships the following explosives only may be
carried:

(i) safety cartridges and safety fuses;

(ii) small quantities of explosives not exceeding 20 pounds (or
9 kilograms) total net weight;

(iii) distress signals for use in ships or aircraft, if the
total weight of such signals does not exceed 2,240 pounds (or
1,016 kilograms);

(iv) except in ships carrying unberthed passengers, fireworks
which are unlikely to explode violently.

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (a) of this
Regulation additional quantities or types of explosives may be
carried in passenger ships in which there are special safety
measures approved by the Administration.

CHAPTER VIII

NUCLEAR SHIPS

Regulation 1

APPLICATION

This Chapter applies to all nuclear ships except ships of war.

Regulation 2

APPLICATION OF OTHER CHAPTERS

The Regulations contained in the other Chapters of the present
Convention apply to nuclear ships except as modified by this
Chapter.

Regulation 3

EXEMPTIONS

A nuclear ship shall not, in any circumstances, be exempted from
compliance with any Regulations of this Convention.

Regulation 4

APPROVAL OF REACTOR INSTALLATION

The design, construction and standards of inspection and
assembly of the reactor installation shall be subject to the
approval and satisfaction of the Administration and shall take
account of the limitations which will be imposed on surveys by
the presence of radiation.

Regulation 5

SUITABILITY OF REACTOR INSTALLATION FOR SERVICE ON BOARD SHIP

The reactor installation shall be designed having regard to the
special conditions of service on board ship both in normal and
exceptional circumstances of navigation,

Regulation 6

RADIATION SAFETY

The Administration shall take measures to ensure that there are
no unreasonable radiation or other nuclear hazards, at sea or in
port, to the crew, passengers or public, or to the waterways or
food or water resources.

Regulation 7

SAFETY ASSESSMENT

(a) A Safety Assessment shall be prepared to permit evaluation
of the nuclear power plant and safety of the ship to ensure that
there are no unreasonable radiation or other hazards, at sea or
in port, to the crew, passengers or public, or to the waterways
or food or water resources. The Administration, when satisfied,
shall approve such Safety Assessment which shall always be kept
up-to-date.

(b) The Safety Assessment shall be made available sufficiently
in advance to the Contracting Governments of the countries which
a nuclear ship intends to visit so that they may evaluate the
safety of the ship.

Regulation 8

OPERATING MANUAL

A fully detailed Operating Manual shall be prepared for the
information and guidance of the operating personnel in their
duties on all matters relating to the operation of the nuclear
power plant and having an important bearing on safety. The
Administration, when satisfied, shall approve such Operating
Manual and a copy shall be kept on board the ship. The Operating
Manual shall always be kept up-to-date.

Regulation 9

SURVEYS

Survey of nuclear ships shall include the applicable
requirements of Regulation 7 of Chapter I, or of Regulations 8,
9 and 10 of Chapter I, except in so far as surveys are limited
by the presence of radiation. In addition, the surveys shall
include any special requirements of the Safety Assessment. They
shall in all cases, notwithstanding the provisions of
Regulations 8 and 10 of Chapter I, be carried out not less
frequently than once a year.

Regulation 10

CERTIFICATES

(a) The provisions of paragraph (a) of Regulation 12 of Chapter
I and of Regulation 14 of Chapter I shall not apply to nuclear
ships.

(b) A Certificate, called a Nuclear Passenger Ship Safety
Certificate shall be issued after inspection and survey to a
nuclear passenger ship which complies ,with the requirements of
Chapters 11, III, IV and VIII, and any other relevant
requirements of the present Regulations.

(c) A Certificate, called a Nuclear Cargo Ship Safety
Certificate shall be issued after inspection and survey to a
nuclear cargo ship which satisfies the requirements for cargo
ships on survey set out in Regulation 10 of Chapter 1, and
complies with the requirements of Chapters II, III, IV, and
VIII, and any other relevant requirements of the present
Regulations.

(d) Nuclear Passenger Ship Safety Certificates and Nuclear Cargo
Ship Safety Certificates shall state: "That the ship, being a
nuclear ship, complied with all requirements of Chapter VIII of
the Convention and conformed to the Safety Assessment approval
for the ship".

(e) Nuclear Passenger Ship Safety Certificates and Nuclear Cargo
Ship Safety Certificates shall be valid for a period of not more
than 12 months.

(f) Nuclear Passenger Ship Safety Certificates and Nuclear Cargo
Ship Safety Certificates shall be issued either by the
Administration or by any person or organization duly authorised
by it. In every case, that Administration assumes full
responsibility for the certificate.

Regulation 11

SPECIAL CONTROL

In addition to the control established by Regulation 19 of
Chapter 1, nuclear ships shall be subject to special control
before entering the ports and in the ports of Contracting
Governments, directed towards verifying that there is on board a
valid Nuclear Ship Safety Certificate and that there are no
unreasonable radiation or other hazards at sea or in port, to
the crew, passengers or public, or to the waterways or food or
water resources.

Regulation 12

CASUALTIES

In the event of any accident likely to lead to an environmental
hazard the master of a nuclear ship shall immediately inform the
Administration. The master shall also immediately inform the
competent Governmental authority of the country in whose waters
the ship may be, or whose waters the ship approaches in a
damaged condition.