Safe Handling of Solid Bulk Cargoes


The overall aim is to further improve the knowledge and skills of Masters and Deck Officers employed on bulk carriers to understand the dangers that may occur in the process of loading, carriage at sea and discharging of solid bulk cargoes and help them to successfully plan, conduct and monitor cargo operations.


The trainees, on completing the course, will be able:

  • to assess the acceptability of consignments for safe shipment, especially Group A cargoes,
  • to identify risks associated with the carriage of solid bulk cargoes and implement measures relating to the preparation of cargo holds, the stability of the vessel, the monitoring of cargo holds’ atmosphere and the management of residues or cargo hold washing water,
  • to observe safe working practices in the loading and carriage of solid bulk cargoes, and,
  • to supervise the operations of certain cargoes in compliance with the requirements of the IMSBC Code.


  • Draft IMO Model Course “Safe Handling and Transport of Solid Bulk Cargoes”
  • Code of Practice for the Safe Loading/Unloading of Bulk Carriers – BLU Code A.862(20).
  • SOLAS Chapter XII “Additional Safety Measures for Bulk Carriers”
  • International Maritime Code for Solid Bulk Cargoes – IMSBC Code, MSC.268(85).
  • International Grain Code, MSC.23 (59).

Daily Schedule


  • 09:30 – 09:45: Learning Objectives
  • 09:45 – 10.30: General Features of Bulk Carriers
    Design, Construction, Machinery
  • 10.30 – 11:00: Key Regulations
    SOLAS, Chapter XII, BLU Code, IMSBC Code
    International Grain Code
  • 11:00 – 12:00: An Overview of Solid Bulk Cargoes
    Groups A, B, C, High Density Cargoes
    Acceptability for safe shipment, Cargo Declaration Form
    Sampling and Methods
  • 12:00 – 12:30: Coffee Break
  • 12:30 – 14:30: Handling of Cargoes
    Coal, Pet coke
    Iron Ore/Iron Ore Pellets, DRI Cargoes
    Fertilizers, Other cargoes
  • 14:30 – 15:00: Coffee Break
  • 15:00 – 16:00: Practice
    Preparation of Loading Plan
    Loading Instrument Calculations
  • 16:00 – 16:30: Closing – Discussion