The club previously reported in a news item in June 2020 that CINS (the Cargo Incident Notification System) and the International Group of P&I Clubs had jointly published updated guidance on the carriage of seed cake in containers.
The third version of this guidance has now been published. It replaces and supersedes the previous versions.
Version 3 of the Guidelines notes that it is vital that Seed Cake which is not classified in Class 4.2 of the IMDG Code should be declared by the shipper to the receiving carrier – and appropriate documentation provided to show that the Seed Cake, as offered for shipment, has been tested in accordance with the provisions of the IMDG Code.
It also includes the strong recommendation that Seed Cake which is not classified in Class 4.2 of the IMDG Code should meet the same requirements for container selection, packing, inspection, stowage and segregation as set out in the Guidelines for Seed Cake that is classified as dangerous goods.
In addition to giving details of the issues arising from the carriage of Seed Cake in containers, the Guidelines also provide advice about container selection, packing and stowage on board ship.
If seed cake is carried in bulk form, please refer to the IMSBC code and the club’s guidance published in January 2021.
The updated version of the guidelines is now available on the CINS website and in the publication, which can be found in the attachment box.
Source: The Standard Club