All other courses go into this category.

The IMSBC Code entered into force on 1 January 2011, replacing the former Code of Safe Practice for Solid Bulk Cargoes (BC Code). The requirements of this Code are mandatory under the provision of the SOLAS  Convention.

The prime hazards associated with the shipment of solid bulk cargoes by vessel are those relating to structural damage due to improper cargo distribution, loss or reduction of stability during a voyage and chemical reactions of cargoes. The primary aim of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC Code) is to facilitate the safe stowage and shipment of solid bulk cargoes by providing information on the dangers associated with certain cargoes and instructions on the procedures to be adopted when loading such cargoes.

Appendix 1 of the Code (the individual schedules) lists, alphabetically, most of the solid bulk cargoes presently being transported in commerce by vessel.

This training course has been prepared as an overview of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargo (IMSBC) Code and to assist the training of persons in the requirements and use of the Code. It should be of interest to ship’s officers, vessel operators, bulk terminal operators, stevedores, ship agents, surveyors and others in the maritime/bulk cargo field.

The course is based on the 2022 edition of the IMSBC Code, incorporating Amendment 06-21, which entered into force on a voluntary basis on 1 January 2023, becoming mandatory on 1 December 2023.  A copy of the 2022 IMSBC Code is required to follow and complete this course.  The IMSBC Code can be obtained from any authorized IMO publications distributor, a listing of which can be obtained here:

The course is composed of an Introduction and 5 Modules, each with multiple choice questions. On completion of the course, with a satisfactory pass grade (70% or better) a completion certificate will be issued.

This course is divided into three sections:

1) Course slides

2) Test

3) Download Certificate of Completion

Course Duration:   Approximately 6 hours
Fee:                        $60 US