In this article <contributed by Bolton Maritime Management Ltd>, the fire hazards in dry bulk cargoes subject to spontaneous combustion or to similar risks, as a result of chemical reaction either within the cargo or at the cargo/environment interface, are discussed. Aspects considered include: regulations for firefighting equipment in British-registered bulk carriers; the Cargo Exclusion Clause in charter parties; the IMO Dangerous Goods Code, the lMO Code of Safe Practice for Solid Bulk Cargoes, and, included in the latter since 1981, MHB <Materials Hazardous in Bulk>; evaluation of fire hazard in bulk cargoes of newly-evolved materials <e.g., semi-processed raw materials> for which customary safe practice has not yet been established. The hazards and necessary precautions relating to the following MHB cargoes are then separately considered by way of example: iron and steel swarf <spontaneous heating>, direct-reduced iron <spontaneous combustion and hydro-reaction>, coal <spontaneous heating and evolution of gases>, and sulphur <an "inflammable solid", whose explosive dust is an additional hazard>. The importance of all concerned having adequate information on MHB cargoes is stressed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Safety at Sea, 1983, p. 18 <Aug.> (2 pp., 1 phot.)
  • Publication Date: 1983


  • English

Subject/Index Terms

  • Subject Areas: Marine Transportation;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00686052
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 14 1995 12:00AM