The IMSBC Code, adopted on 4 December 2008 by resolution MSC.268(85), entered into force on 1
January 2011, from which date it was made mandatory under the provisions of the SOLAS Convention.
The present edition incorporates amendment 04-17, which may be applied from 1 January 2018 on a
voluntary basis, anticipating its envisaged official entry into force on 1 January 2019.
This publication also presents additional information that supplements the IMSBC Code, such as the
Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers (BLU Code, including BLU
Manual) and Recommendations on the safe use of pesticides in ships applicable to the fumigation of
cargo holds. The International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code and supplement is commended to
Administrations, shipowners, shippers and masters and all others concerned with the standards to be
applied in the safe stowage and shipment of solid bulk cargoes, excluding grain.