Information on Dangerous Cargo by A3up88m4




Prior to shipping (and accepting) a booking with dangerous substances the Antwerp import
department should be asked whether the dangerous substances can be accepted in Antwerp.

When asking this confirmation, following documents are required:
 A dangerous goods declaration
 A material safety data sheet

Without confirmation from the Antwerp import department no dangerous substances can be
shipped to Antwerp!


1) Application of present version of the IMDG Code.

In the preambule of the IMDG Code, under point 12quinquies, is said: “At its eighty-seventh
session in May 2010, the MSC adopted Amendment 35 to the mandatory IMDG Code which
will enter into force on 1 January 2012 without any transitional period. However, in
accordance with resolution MSC.294(84), Governments are encouraged to apply this
Amendment in whole or part on a voluntary basis from 1 January 2011.”

Therefore the present mandatory version of the IMDG Code, Amendment 35-10, is the only
version that can be applied since 1 January 2011.

2) Marking and labelling of packages including IBC’s

In short, all packages ready for maritime shipment have to be marked and labelled as
1) When the shipment is not in limited quantities:
     the UN number of the substance
     the proper shipping name of the substance and, if applicable, the technical name
     the class label and, if applicable, the labels of the subsidiary risk (subclasses) and
       marine pollutant label
2) When the shipment is in limited quantities:
     a diamond of which the centre area remains white, top and bottom portions black
3) When using an overpack or unit load and the marks and labels are not visible from the
     All the above mentioned applicable labels (see point 1 or 2)
     A label showing the word “OVERPACK”

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For your info, you’ll find hereunder the relevant articles of the IMDG Code:

5.2.1   Marking of packages including IBCs Unless provided otherwise in this Code, the Proper Shipping Name for the dangerous goods as
        determined in accordance with 3.1.2 and the corresponding UN Number, preceded by the letters "UN",
        shall be displayed on each package. In the case of unpackaged articles, the marking shall be displayed
        on the article, on its cradle or on its handling, storage or launching device. For goods of Division 1.4,
        compatibility group S, the division and compatibility group letter shall also be marked unless the label
        for 1.4S is displayed. A typical package marking is:
        CORROSIVE LIQUID, ACIDIC, ORGANIC, N.O.S. (caprylyl chloride) UN 3265. All package markings required by
         .1     Shall be readily visible and legible;
        .2      Shall be such that this information will still be identifiable on packages surviving at least three
                month's immersion in the sea. In considering suitable marking methods, account shall be taken
                of the durability of the packaging materials used and the surface of the package;
        .3      Shall be displayed on a background of contrasting colour on the external surface of the
                package; and
        .4      Shall not be located with other package markings that could substantially reduce their
                effectiveness. Salvage packagings shall additionally be marked with the word "SALVAGE". Intermediate bulk containers of more than 450 l capacity shall be marked on two opposing sides. containing marine pollutants meeting the criteria of 2.9.3 shall be durably marked with the
         environmentally hazardous substance mark with the exception of single packagings and combination
         packagings where such single packagings or inner packagings of such combination packagings have:

         - a net quantity of 5 L or less for liquids; or
         - a net mass of 5 kg or less for solids. marine pollutant mark shall be located adjacent to the markings required by The provisions
         of and shall be met.

5.2.2   Labelling of packages including IBCs Labelling provisions

        These provisions are related essentially to danger labels. However, additional markings or symbols
        indicating precautions to be taken in handling or storing a package (such as a symbol representing an
        umbrella, indicating that a package shall be kept dry) may be displayed on a package if appropriate. Labels identifying primary and subsidiary risks shall conform to models Nos. 1 to 9 illustrated
                  in The "EXPLOSIVE" subsidiary risk label is model No. 1. Where articles or substances are specifically listed in the Dangerous Goods List, a danger class
                  label shall be affixed for the hazard shown in column 3. A subsidiary risk label shall also be
                  affixed for any risk indicated by a class or division number in column 4 of the Dangerous
                  Goods List. However, special provisions indicated in column 6 may also require a subsidiary
                  risk label where no subsidiary risk is indicated in column 4 or may exempt from the
                  requirement for a subsidiary risk label where such a risk is indicated in the Dangerous Goods

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3.4.5   Marking and Labelling (LQ) Packages containing dangerous goods in limited quantities need not be labelled nor marked with the
        marine pollutant mark, proper shipping name or UN number of the contents, but shall bear the marking
        shown below. The marking shall comply with

                                  Marking for packages containing limited quantities

         Top and bottom portions and line shall be black, centre area white or suitable contrasting background.
                                        Minimum dimensions: 100 mm x 100 mm.
                                     Minimum width of line forming diamond: 2 mm.
          If the size of the package so requires, the dimension may be reduced, to be not less than 50 mm x 50
                                    mm provided the marking remains clearly visible.

5.1.2   Use of overpacks and unit loads An overpack and unit load shall be marked with the Proper Shipping Name and the UN Number and
        marked and labelled, as required for packages by chapter 5.2, for each item of dangerous goods
        contained in the overpack or unit load unless markings and labels representative of all dangerous goods
        in the overpack or unit load are visible. An overpack, in addition, shall be marked with the word
        "OVERPACK" unless markings and labels representatives of all dangerous goods, as required by
        chapter 5.2, in the overpack are visible, except as required in The individual packages comprising a unit load or an overpack shall be marked and labelled in
        accordance with chapter 5.2. Each package of dangerous goods contained in the unit load or overpack
        shall comply with all applicable provisions of the Code. The "OVERPACK" marking on an overpack is
        an indication of compliance with this provision. The intended function of each package shall not be
        impaired by the unit load or overpack.


1. The label for dangerous goods shipped in limited quantities is as in the example shown.
   This label is obligatory as of January 1st 2012.
   The old label (white diamond with UN number inside) is no longer allowed!

2. The label for Marine Pollutants is as in the example shown.
   The old label (triangle containing only a fish with a cross over it) is no longer allowed!

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3. The exemption in art. 3.4.7, which said that dangerous goods transported in limited
   quantities and intended or suitable for sail through retail agencies were exempt from
   marking with the UN number on the packaging, is no longer in the present version of the
   IMDG Code. Therefore as of 01/01/2012 all packagings containing dangerous goods need
   to be properly marked and labeled.

3) Documentation

2.1 Dangerous Goods Document - DGD

To establish a correct DGD, following elements should be taken into account:

1. language
The SOLAS convention, of which the IMDG regulation is a part, stipulates that all documents
have to be drawn up in English, French or Spanish. As a consequence one of these languages
has to be used for drawing up maritime transport documents; therefore a DGD in Dutch,
German, Italian,… is not legal.

2. lay out
There is no standard lay out; any form of DGD can be used, provided that the shipper’s
declaration (“I hereby declare that the content of this consignment…”) is written on the
(for an example see 5.4.5 of the IMDG code – also in annex)

3. content
A DGD has to mention:
- name and address of shipper/consignor
- name and address of consignee
- correct description of the dangerous goods:
  a) the UN number preceded by the letters "UN"
  b) the proper shipping name, also include the technical name (no commercial name) if
  c) the primary hazard class and, when assigned, the subsidiary hazard class. The word
     “Class” may be included
  d) the packing group, when assigned

 This description shall be shown in sequence a-b-c-d
 UN 1805, phosphoric acid solution, class 8, PG III
 UN 1263, paint, 3, PG III, +27°C c.c.
 UN 1092, acrolein, stabilized, 6.1 (3), PG I, marine pollutant
 UN 2761, organochlorine pesticide, solid, toxic, (aldrin 19%), class 6.1, PG III, marine
 UN 1950, aerosols, 2.1, in limited quantities

- information that supplements the proper shipping name:
  ° if the dangerous substance is a marine pollutant, indicate with the words "MARINE
  ° if the dangerous goods have a flashpoint (class 3 substances), please indicate

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  ° if the dangerous goods are packed in limited quantities, indicate with the words "limited
     quantity" or "LTD QTY"
  ° The EmS-code (Emergency Schedule); this is not obligatory, but is required by some
     shipping lines.
  ° Emergency phone number; this is not obligatory, but is required by (some) shipping lines.
- number and kind of packages
- total quantity
- legible name and signature
- date

2.2 Material Safety Data Sheet - MSDS

When shipping a chemical substance shipper always needs to hand over a MSDS. This is not
required in the IMDG Code, but this is a requirement whenever a chemical substance enters
the EU. Also shipping lines ask such document to be able to stow containers on board in a
correct way.

A MSDS is a structured document containing information in regard to a chemical substance.
It gives an overview of ingredients (when it is a preparation), the risks the substance contains,
the measures to take for protection, instructions for safe use of the substance,…
Based on European regulations a MSDS should contain 16 sections.

For your info: all chemical substances, also the non dangerous substances, should have a

2.3 Container Packing Certificate – CPC

When dangerous goods are loaded in a container, the person / company responsible has to
prepare a CPC, indicating the container number. This document has to be signed and has to
contain a legible name.
When signing a CPC, following is declared:
1 The container/vehicle was clean, dry and apparently fit to receive the goods;
2 Packages which need to be segregated in accordance with applicable segregation
  requirements have not been packed together onto or in the container/vehicle (unless
  approved by the competent authority concerned in accordance with7.2.2.3);
3 All packages have been externally inspected for damage, and only sound packages have
  been loaded;
4 Drums have been stowed in an upright position, unless otherwise authorized by the
  competent authority, and all goods have been properly loaded and, where necessary,
  adequately braced with securing material to suit the mode(s) of transport for the intended
5 Goods loaded in bulk have been evenly distributed within the container/vehicle;
6 For consignments including goods of class 1 other than division 1.4, the container/vehicle
  is structurally serviceable in accordance with 7.4.6;
7 The container/vehicle and packages are properly marked, labelled and placarded, as
8 When solid carbon dioxide (CO2-dry ice) is used for cooling purposes, the
  container/vehicle is externally marked or labelled in a conspicuous place, such as, at the

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  door end, with the words: "DANGEROUS CO2 (DRY ICE) INSIDE. VENTILATE
9 A dangerous goods transport document, as indicated in 5.4.1, has been received for each
  dangerous goods consignment loaded in the container/vehicle.


   1. Incorrect labeling

       Intervention costs :                              42,50 €
       Labelling :    Small labels (PSN, IMDG, …) :      2,65 € / piece
                      Medium labels A5 (UN,…) :          9,45 € / piece
                      Big labels 25x25 :                 7,35 € / piece
                      Working hour :                     80 € / hour ( with forklift 3 ton )
                      Shrinkfoil :                       5.5 € / piece/foil

   2. Damages

       Intervention cost : as per outlay with minimum    350€

       Protection Mask :                                 2€ / piece
       Protection Gloves :                               12€ / set
       Protection Clothing :                             15€ / piece

       Plastic Liner :                                   30€ / piece

       Use of Retention Bin :                            40€ / day
       Cleaning Retention Bin :                          155€

       Oversized/Salvage Drum
       Drum metal 320 liter / 200 liter / 100 liter :           260€ - 200€ - 135€ / piece
       Drum PVC 300 liter ( IMO 8 ) :                           375€ / piece
       Drum PVC 120 liter / 70 liter :                          150€ / piece – 125€ / piece
       Drum Liner ( IMO 8 ) :                                   30€ / piece


       Legal and administrative intervention-fee :              750€


For more info you can:
 contact Erik Vincke on tel. +32 3 544 39 49 or e-mail
 contact your own Competent Authority

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ANNEX : Example of a DGD

                                             MULTIMODAL DANGEROUS GOODS FORM
This form may be used as a dangerous goods declaration as it meets the requirements of SOLAS 74, chapter VII, regulation 4;
MARPOL 73/78, Annex III, regulation 4
 1 Shipper/Consignor/Sender                                2 Transport document number
                                                           3 Page 1 of pages            4 Shipper's reference
                                                                                        5 Freight Forwarder's reference
 6 Consignee                                               7 Carrier (to be completed by the carrier)
                                                           SHIPPER'S DECLARATION
                                                           I hereby declare that the contents of this consignment are fully and
                                                           accurately described below by the Proper Shipping Name, and are
                                                           classified, packaged, marked and labelled/placarded and are in all
                                                           respects in proper condition for transport according to the applicable
                                                           international and national governmental regulations.
 8 This shipment is within the limitations prescribed for: 9 Additional handling information
 (Delete non-applicable)

10 Vessel/flight no. and date        11 Port/place of

12 Port/place of discharge           13 Destination

14 Shipping marks *Number and kind of packages; description of goods Gross mass (kg) Net mass (kg) Cube (m 3)

15 Container identification No./     16 Seal number(s)     17 Container/vehicle size    18 Tare    19 Total gross mass (including
vehicle registration No.                                   & type                       mass       tare) (kg)

CERTIFICATE                                                Received the above number of packages/containers/trailers in apparent
                                                           good order and condition unless stated hereon: RECEIVING
I hereby declare that the goods described above have       ORGANISATION REMARKS:
been packed/ loaded into the container/vehicle
identified above in accordance with the applicable
provisions. †
20 Name of company                   Haulier's name                                                22 Name of company (OF
                                     Vehicle reg. no.                                              SHIPPER PREPARING THIS
                                     Signature and date                                            NOTE)

Name/Status of declarant                                                                           Name/status of declarant

Place and date                                                                                     Place and date

Signature of declarant                                     DRIVER'S SIGNATURE                      Signature of declarant

You must specify: Proper Shipping Name, hazard class, UN No., packing group, (where assigned) marine pollutant and observe the
mandatory requirements under applicable national and international governmental regulations. For the purposes of the IMDG Code

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