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The Draft Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers (BLU Code)
 
The BLU Code was developed in 1996 with the aim of preventing accidents or loss of ships carrying solid bulk cargoes as a result of improper loading and unloading practices. Then it was reviewed by Maritime Safety Committee.  Finally, the BLU Code was adopted by the Assembly at its twentieth session (November 1997) by resolution A.862(20).
 
The BLU Code, which 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, is also 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 at its eighty-second and eighty-seventh sessions by resolutions MSC.238(82) and MSC.304(87), respectively.
 
The provisions of the Code should be applied with due regard to the provisions of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC Code) where applicable.
 
The Manual on loading and unloading of solid bulk cargoes for terminal representatives (BLU Manual)
 
The Maritime Safety Committee, at its eightieth session (11 to 20 May 2005), approved the Manual on loading and unloading of solid bulk cargoes for terminal representatives 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, MSC.1/Circ.1356 refers.
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