The Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers (BLU Code) was developed with the aim of preventing accidents or loss of ships carrying solid bulk cargoes as a result of improper loading and unloading practices.
WHERE IT COMES FROM?
It is linked with regulation VI/7 of the 1974 SOLAS Convention and It is Amended by the Maritime safety committee.
Contents of BLU CODE
Section 1 – Definitions
Section 2 – Suitability of ships and terminals
Section 3 – Procedures between ship and shore prior to the ship’s arrival
Section 4 – Procedures between ship and terminal prior to cargo handling.
Section 5 – Cargo loading and handling of ballast
Section 6 – Unloading cargo and handling of ballast
Appendix 1 – Recommended contents of port and terminal information books
Appendix 2 – Loading or unloading plan
Appendix 3 – Ship/shore safety checklist
Appendix4 – Guidelines for completing the ship/shore safety checklist
Appendix5 – Form for cargo information