The BC Code has been replaced by the mandatory International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code, the IMSBC Code, came into force on 1 January, 2011. Certification of dry cargo ships in view of compliance with the provisions of the Code via PROTOS is being demanded increasingly by the industry. PROTOS is assisting our customers involved with sea transport of dry bulk cargoes and will become even more important upon the mandatory application of the Code.
DNV GL assists owners and shippers in the field of sea transport of dry bulk cargoes with a database-aided service, paying due regard to the actual development. The content of the PROTOS database, available to our customers, does cover all new cargoes and amendments made to individual cargo entries as introduced by the new IMSBC Code. The certification of bulk carriers and multi-purpose ships for compliances with the special provisions specified for individual dry bulk cargoes has been adjusted to the IMSBC Code likewise. Thus DNV GL safeguards that only the cargoes compliant with the design and construction of the ship will be part of the certification.
Based on a survey conducted by DNV GL and the review of documents and drawings, the ship is provided with a Document of Compliance (DoC) for the Carriage of Solid Bulk Cargoes, the so-called Bulk Certificate. DNV GL is authorized by major Flag State Administrations for this newly introduced certification procedure. The requirements for transportation of individual cargoes according to the IMSBC Code are available via the PROTOS application.
Existing DoCs with reference to the BC Code for ships in service will remain valid until reissue on the occasion of change of flag or class renewal. On special request of our customers we will reissue a new DoC with reference to the IMSBC Code premature. A survey is not required for reissuance of an existing DoC.