Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers (BLU Code) was developed with the aim of preventing accidents or loss of ships carrying solid bulk
cargoes as a result of improper
loading and unloading practices. The Code was adopted by the
Assembly in November 1997 by resolution A.862(20).
BLU Code provides guidance to ship masters of bulk carriers, terminal
operators and other parties concerned for the safe handling, loading and
unloading of solid bulk cargoes and is linked to regulation VI/7 (Loading,
unloading and stowage of bulk cargoes) of the 1974 SOLAS Convention, as amended
by resolution MSC.47(66). Further
amendments to the BLU Code were adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee by resolutions MSC.238(82) and
provisions of the Code should be applied with due regard to the provisions of
the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC Code), where
Maritime Safety Committee, at its eightieth session (May 2005),
approved the Manual on loading and unloading of solid bulk cargoes for terminal
representatives (BLU Manual) and agreed that the application of the guidance contained
therein would address the concerns on risk control options and urged Member
Governments, shipowners, ship operators and terminals to apply the guidance
contained therein. Amendments to the BLU Manual were approved by the Maritime Safety Committee at its eighty-seventh session, which can be found in MSC.1/Circ.1356.
For further information about the BLU Code and BLU Manual, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.