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Article: Carriage of seed cake

19 January 2021

Despite the recognised risks, there have been incidents in the past, some significant, resulting from seed cake being shipped without full appreciation of the requirements. This handout addresses the safe and correct carriage of seed cake cargo in bulk. If seed cake is carried in packaged form, please refer to the IMDG code and the guidance jointly published by the CINS and International Group of P&I Clubs.

Due to its residual oil content and moisture content, this cargo can present a significant fire risk due to self-heating and spontaneous combustion; therefore, the procedures described here should be followed to prevent such casualties.

Members should refer to the latest edition of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) code, which should be the first point of reference for guidance on the carriage of solid bulk cargoes. The IMSBC code is amended every two years and its fifth revision (amendment 05-19) entered into force on 1 January 2021.

The full PDF handout is available to view and download on the right.

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