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The Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers -
BLU Code provisions & BLU Manual
The IMO devised the Manual on Loading and
Unloading of Solid Bulk Cargoes for Terminal
Representatives, commonly known as the BLU Manual,
to augment the BLU Code. The BLU Code is intended
for use by bulk carrier ships while the BLU Manual
is for use by terminal operators, representatives
or others who may be involved in training relevant
personnel. The BLU Code refers to the appendices
within the Code and the BLU Manual refers to annexes.
Both manuals should be consulted to ensure safety of
operations during loading/unloading of bulk carriers.
The Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers is a mandatory IMO code, adopted in November 1997 under Resolution A.862(20).Both the BLU manual and BLU
Code are included within the
IMSBC Code, which replaces the
BC Code, becomes mandatory from
1 January 2010.
It provides guidance to owners and masters of bulk carriers, charterers, terminal operators and other parties
concerned for the safe handling, loading and unloading of solid bulk cargoes. The recommendations in the Code
are subject to terminal and port requirements, or national regulations.
It primarily covers the safety of ships loading and unloading solid bulk cargoes, excluding grain, and reflects
current issues, best practices and legislative requirements. Broader safety and pollution issues, such as those
covered by the SOLAS, MARPOL and Load Line Conventions, are not specifically included in the Code.
It is linked to, but is not mandatory under, regulation VI/7 (Loading, unloading and stowage of bulk cargoes) of
SOLAS 74, as amended by resolution MSC.47(66).
Contains sections and appendices as follows:
Section 1. Definitions;
Section 2. Suitability of ships and
Section 3. Procedures between ship and shore prior to the ship’s arrival;
Section 4. Procedures
between ship and terminal prior to cargo handling;
Section 5. Cargo loading and handling of ballast;
Unloading cargo and handling of ballast;
Appendix 1. Recommended contents of port and terminal information
Appendix 2. Loading or unloading plan;
Appendix 3. Ship/shore safety checklist;
Guidelines for completing the ship/shore safety checklist;
Appendix 5. Form for cargo information.
The requirements of individual terminals and port authorities should be published in terminal and port
information books. The type of information which should be given in these books is listed in Appendix 1 of the
BLU Code. Such a book should be given to the master of any bulk carrier arriving at a loading or unloading port or
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Operation of sea going bulk carriers involved numerous hazards . Careful planning and exercising due caution for all critical shipboard matters are important . This site is a quick reference to international shipping community with guidance and information on the loading and discharging of modern bulk carriers so as to remain within the limitations as specified by the classification society.
It is vital to reduce the likelihood of over-stressing the ship's structure and also complying with all essential safety measures for a safe passage at sea. Our detail pages contain various bulk carrier related topics that might be useful for people working on board and those who working ashore in the terminal. For any remarks please
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