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 terminals;
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;
Section 6. Unloading cargo and handling of ballast;

Appendix 1. Recommended contents of port and terminal information books;
Appendix 2. Loading or unloading plan;
Appendix 3. Ship/shore safety checklist;
Appendix 4. 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 terminal.



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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.
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