Joint Industry Publication sets out Guidelines for the Carriage of Charcoal in Containers, 11 October 2017
New Guidelines for the carriage of Charcoal and Carbon in
containers have been published jointly by CINS (the Cargo
Incident Notification System) and the International Group of
Charcoal/Carbon is a black residue, consisting of Carbon and any
remaining ash obtained by removing water and other volatile
constituents from animal and vegetation substances.
Charcoal/Carbon is considered to be a self-heating substance -
that is to say, it is a substance which, in contact with air
and without energy supply, is liable to self-heating. A
self-heating reaction may result in extensive heat development
and fire. There have been a number of reported fires in recent
years involving the carriage of Charcoal in containers.
With global production of wood Charcoal and Carbon amounting to
over 50 million tonnes per year, the practices set out in
these Guidelines are intended both to improve safety during the
carriage of these products, and to ensure that it is properly
declared, packaged and carried.
The transport of Charcoal and Carbon must be in compliance with
the requirements set out in the International Maritime
Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code). The new Guidelines include
selected provisions from the IMDG Code, together with
additional precautions to enhance its safe carriage.
The Guidelines were prepared by a Work Group comprising CINS
Members, including Shipping Lines, the International Group of
P&I Clubs and the TT Club. They are available to download from
the websites of CINS (www.cinsnet.com) and the
International Group of P&I Clubs