Air Sea Containers:  A Distributor of IMO Manuals


For the past twenty years, you have been working as a chemicals distribution manager for a small company specializing in removing chemicals from gas lines.  The chemicals that you provide are pivotal to the success of all the plants that are in various states; built from the pre-commissioning and commissioning phases (where the equipment is tested for functionality and errors (if any) are corrected) to the decommissioning phase where the unit is shut down and dismantled and the chemicals are either returned or destroyed.  Any of the spent chemicals are either shipped to a recycling plant or buried because all the chemicals that are involved in your company’s processes are earth friendly.  Up until this point, you have been relying on the railways to deliver your cargo to your clients, because they were domestic.

The farthest your chemicals shipped was to California, at a remote gas refinery.  It was only a few moments ago that you were informed that your company will be dealing with international clientele, starting with a large chemical delivery to Japan.  Not only is this delivery large, but it is the largest chemical delivery that your company has ever experienced.  You aren’t even sure if your group will be able to produce the right amount of chemicals.  This change isn’t completely unwelcomed, however, whenever you have new clients there are always obstacles to overcome.

First and foremost, there is a language barrier, which after hiring a reliable translation service will solve itself.  Second is securing a reliable staging area and shipyard.  One call to your procurement agent will help take that off your plate.  The final item is one of the most important: insuring that you are up to date on the codes and regulations for shipping these chemicals.  We can help you out on the last part: Air Sea Containers is a distributor of International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code Manuals.

What is the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code?

Generally speaking the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code or IMDG Code is a set of universal guidelines to ship hazardous or dangerous goods via boat.  These guidelines were created and are enforced to help protect a ship’s crew from whatever chemicals are onboard with them and is oftentimes heard in conjunction with the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL 73/78).  The IMDG Code covers: how to label your chemical drums; a glossary of various terminology; and how to mark your chemicals so then the crewmen understand what contents reside inside the drum; plus much more.  As luck would have it, the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code has just been updated to its 37th Edition, which goes into effect on January 1, 2016, with optional compliance currently accepted.

What New Material and Revisions have been Implemented in the 37th Edition of the IMDG Code?

Even though it seems like the most current version of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code just came out (the 36th Edition of the IMDG Code was dated 2012, however its mandatory implementation date was January of 2014), this revised and updated version has a few new items do discuss and cover.

One of the most important revisions is the implementation of a new revision of IAEA Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material – 2012 Edition (IAEA Safety Standards Series SSR-6), which supersedes the IAEA 2009 Edition.  This is most beneficial to shippers and handlers of Class 7 goods.  Another significant change is the addition of two columns (16a and 16b) on the Dangers Goods List (DGL), which incorporates coding for Stowage and Handling (column 16a) as well as Segregation (column 16b) in lieu of descriptions.  Other changes on the DGL include but are not limited to:  asbestos shipping codes; division of the capacitor entry; a series of shipping names for adsorbed gases; and descriptors for safety devices.  In addition to the DGL changes, special provisions have been created for shipping common items.

International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code Manuals Available in Various Formats

If you are in the business, we know that you will want to have your IMDG Manuals in various formats to accommodate your office’s users.  Because the audience for this specific code is so varied, we can offer you the following formats for your use.

International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code Downloadable:

If you are in the middle of trying to ship your chemicals out to sea in a hurry, the last thing you want to haul along with you is a large book (or in the 2014 codes it will be two large books) out into the field when you could download them to your tablet.  This makes your manual portable and easy to store in luggage (if you are traveling).

International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code Hardcover Book:

When you are in a warehouse, you need to have a book that is durable and ready for wear and tear.  An IMDG hardcover manual is perfect to meet these needs.  It won’t get misplaced like paperbacks tend to and it will be readily available for those that are not technically savvy.

International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code Paperback Book:

If you are in an office environment and you are not and probably will not plan on seeing the staging area and warehouse where your chemicals will be stored, the IMDG paperback book is the perfect choice for you.  You are the paper shuffler that makes sure that each barrel of chemicals is labeled correctly, packed correctly, and shipped correctly.  This is a perfect reference book as you make sure that everything sails smoothly.



The IMDG Code (International Maritime Dangerous Goods) is a uniform international code that deals with the transport of dangerous goods being shipped by seas. The matters it covers are container traffic, storage, and packing. It also has a reference when it comes to the segregation of the incompatible substances. The code is constantly being changed and updated, and it’s good to stay up to date on the IMDG. Air Sea Containers sells the updated version of the book, and it’s available for sale now.


How the IMDG Regulations Were Made and Updated

The IMDG Code was made in 1960 by the Safety of Life at Sea Conference. The code was made so it could be recommended to governments who can adopt the uniform code when it comes to shipping dangerous goods at sea. The IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee started to prepare the code in 1961. They worked in close cooperation with the United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. Ever since, the code has continued to go through many changes. Amendments that are put forth by the United Nations Recommendations are usually made on a regular two-yearly cycle. Two years after the new amendments are made, the authorities adopt them who are responsible for keeping up with the regulations when it comes to different transport modes.

A basic set of the requirements is applied to modes of transported that are implemented and established. The IMDG Regulations are always going being updated, changed, and some regulations are even re-written. So it’s a good idea to stay up to date with our updated IMO Manuals and IMDG Books.

What IMDG Regulations Have Changed, and When Will They Come into Effect?

For example, there were a few regulations that were updated and revised. These are the Amendment 37-14, and they are optional as of January 1, 2015. They will become mandatory when January 1, 2016 rolls around. So, what are the changes that have come about? Here are the changes.

  • A clarification that lamps and light bulbs are not to be considered dangerous goods
  • Significant revisions to the requirements for Class 7 radioactive substances
  • Addition of shipping descriptions and packaging instructions for adsorbed gases
  • Clarifications on classifying viscous flammable liquids
  • Clarification of the design and dimensions of various marks, such as the marine pollutant and limited quantity markings, as well as the design and dimensions of labels and placards
  • The lettering of the OVERPACK marking must be at least 12 mm high (Mandatory January 1, 2016)

As you can see, it’s very important to stay updated on the latest regulations. Our IMDG Book is constantly updated . It’s there to help our customers to make sure they meet all IMDG and IMO regulations. We also have different options available when it comes to the format of the book itself. We aim to make it as easily accessible as possible for our customers. So, what kind of formats do we have to offer?

Well, for an easy to use the book you can use the IMDG Code paperback book. It’s a good backup reference to having around the office for when you need it. It’s also perfect if you have a lot of employees who need to double check the book when dealing with multiple shipments. Not only will you have peace of mind, but you’ll be one step ahead of the IMO Regulations and IMDG Code. It’s also great for on the go!

What if you’re not looking to use a book though? We also have a hardcover version that will stand the test of time. It’s not quite as portable, but it’s great for travel. So if it falls off a desk or get banged around. You don’t have to worry about the pages from it falling out.

Another option for our customers who like to travel may be our IMDG Code pdf download. This means you can take the code wherever you go! As long as the device supports PDF format, you will always have the IMDG Code on the go! You can bring it up on your smartphone, laptop, or even a tablet! So if you’re unsure if regulations are being met, you can do a quick check yourself just to make sure.

IMO Manuals and IMDG Regulation Books Always Updated

The regulations are always changing, being revised, or updating. This year alone many regulations are optional. On the start of the 2016 year though, these new updates are going to be mandatory. So why not make sure you have the new regulations available as soon as possible? Make sure all your shipments are up to date before the regulations become mandatory. This will make easier for you down the road when you start shipping in the 2016 New Year.

As you can see, we make sure to keep all of our customers updated. At Air Sea Containers, we want to be your one stop shop when it comes to the shipping of your hazardous materials. Not only do we have packaging options and supplies to make sure your dangerous goods are within regulation. We also provide the information so you can stay up to date no matter what. If you need books in different codes, please feel free to contact us at any time. We will help you as best we can, and help to get you what you need!



IMDG codeThe International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code) is a guide to the regulations that must be followed when shipping dangerous goods across the seas. The IMDG code involves many complex levels and is undergoing revisions and updates every few years. A new update has just been released, and while the new regulations are just “recommendations” for the time being, the new regulations in the IMDG Code will become mandatory beginning in 2016. It is a great idea to familiarize yourself with all that is new as well as refresh your knowledge of the IMDG Code if you doing any shipping of dangerous goods over the seas.

That is where Air Sea Containers can help you and your business tremendously! With our vast supply of shipping products including vessels, containers, and labels, we also have a well-stocked section of books and publications published by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) which can help you stay informed and up to date on any and all regulations regarding your dangerous goods shipments.

IMO Regulations

When it comes to ocean shipping regulations, the IMO has over 200 publications that can help any business or individual plan and ship dangerous goods with ease and safety. Internationally, the IMO is trusted to guide shippers in making good decisions and meeting the regulations for shipment and safety that must be adhered to when shipping anything that may be dangerous. The newest publication from the IMO is the newest version of the IMDG Code. Some examples of changes this year include: clarification on lamps and light bulbs, major changes to issues involving radioactive materials, clarification in the area of marking packages and substances, and issues involving gasses and flammable liquids.

You don’t want to miss out on the new IMO regulations you must follow to ship your dangerous goods safely and within the requirements of the IMO and international law. Visit the IMO regulations page of Air Sea Containers to order your copy of the new IMDG page now. Don’t wait until these new regulations are required. Inform yourself today while they are still in the recommendation stage so you can plan ahead for 2016 and be ready to ship without any delay. You can find our publications page at We also have available emergency guides, shipping guides and many other publications to help you understand how to safely ship your dangerous goods within the recommended guidelines and requirements of the International Maritime Organization.

International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code

International Maritime Dangerous Goods CodeAir Sea Containers has the entire International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code on hand in its entirety and with its newest amendments for $199. This includes the entire code with all the changes made for amendment 37 which are now in effect and will become mandatory next year. If you are new to shipping dangerous goods on the seas and oceans, this is a must have publication for you and your business. However, if you only need the newest changes and not the entire code, we have IMDG Code Supplement 37th, Current Addition available for just $90. If you are an established business that is fully aware of your responsibilities and just need the newest information available, this is the publication for you.

However, in addition to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, we have publications that cover every maritime and/or shipping topic imaginable. Whether you are a mariner that works on the water with these dangerous goods daily or you are involved in the industry and provider side on land, you will need to be aware of the codes and regulations that guide the industry as well as safety tips. Air Sea Containers has available publications from the International Maritime Organization that can help guide you on how to package your goods as well as how to label them to meet the industry standards. With several SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) publications as well, you will learn about regulations regarding all life at sea as well as matters of shipping on the seas. SOLAS has been a convention that has guided safety issues for maritime organizations and merchant vessels since 1914, shortly after the sinking of the Titanic.

They are considered the best of the best when it comes to ensuring the safety of sea going merchants and vessels. We also have publications for how to prevent accidents and catastrophes with the best practices available. Let Air Sea Containers provide you with all you need for ensuring you are safe, meeting regulations, and following international codes and laws for shipping your dangerous goods. We also have publications from MARPOL which will assist you in making sure you are meeting all the requirements in terms of not polluting our seas. As you can see, at Air Sea Containers our book section has everything you need to be a competent and compliant businessperson when it comes to shipping dangerous goods.

When you are up to date on all your requirements to ship your dangerous goods using the IMDG Code, let Air Sea Containers help you ship your goods. We have a wide variety of shipping containers, boxes, liners, packaging, absorbers, labels, and declaration materials to make your job as a shipper of dangerous goods much easier. We are here to help you in all that you do. You can trust Air Sea Containers to supply you with the best in both information and supplies.


What is the International maritime dangerous goods code?

The International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG) is an internationally recognized set of rules or code addapted to help safely regulate and control the transportation of dangerous goods. Each country and or state has its own ideas about what is and what is not safe, so this was implemented in or around 1960 to make detailed clarifications to easily adjust to different areas. This code allows for us to have a universal idea of what and what not to ship to help regulate rules and regulations for each place a ship travels carrying such goods. You can learn more about this in the International maritime dangerous goods pdf download available to you on our website.

Changes to The International Maritime Dangerous Good Code.

There are changes that are coming at the start of our New Year to the International Maritimes dangerous goods code, (IMDG) that you need to watch for so you are better informed to the new rules and regulations. The new changes will become mandatory in 2016 giving you time to adjust slowly and accurately to the changes that are coming.

Lamps and Light bulb Amendment in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code

One code that is changing and will not be mandatory until January 2016 is lamps and light bulbs will no longer be considered dangerous goods. This regulation change is fairly straight forward. Lamps and light bulbs can carry mercury which makes then hazards waste and unsafe to ship regularly. When disposing of lamps or light bulbs be sure and check out what the proper way to do so is to maintain waste and recycling of hazardous goods. You can learn more about these changes in the International maritime dangerous goods pdf download.

Class Seven Radioactive Substances.

There are changes coming to the Class Seven Radioactive substances that will be significantly revised. You will be able to get full details in the International maritime dangerous goods pdf download available on our website. All changes and revisions being made are for r safety and the safety of others. They will pertain to things such as the number of packages transported containing radioactive substance at one time. There will also be changes in the amount of radioactive substances that can be stored at a set location. There will be revisions on how close packages containing radioactive substance can be in conjunction with living things such as passengers or animals. This revision will also include other substances or objects that react negatively with radioactive substances being shipped.

Clarification of Classifying Vicious Flammable Liquids

A flammable liquid is any liquid that has a flash point or above of one hundred degrees (100 degrees) or above also known as Thirty-seven point eight degrees Celsius, (37.8 degrees C). The two current classifications for flammable liquids are Class two liquids and Class three liquids. Class two liquids is any liquid between flash point of 100 degrees Fahrenheit and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, minus any fixture having flash points of 200 degrees. Class three is 140 degrees and above which is also divided into two subsections to better clarify this category and what is and is not okay. The subdivisions are class three A and Class Three B. You can find more detail and better understanding in our International maritime dangerous goods pdf that you can download off our website.

A number of other changes to make note of

There will be a number of other changes you will want to make note of in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods PDF download to get use to as we approach a new year. Various changes listed will be in the shipping instructions. There will be changes to the automotive area of the regulations. Also be sure and check out changes in sizing of letters for the overpack labels. Paint related materials are receiving an overhaul along with combustion engine and fuel cell engines. Each of these changes that are coming needs to be read, and understood to make sure your shipments go through without being returned to you. You can find deeper detail, instructions and clarifications in the International maritime dangerous goods pdf download on our website.

How do I find the downloads that I need?

Previously stated above there is a one year transitional period that you can take note of when adjusting to the new amendments and clarifications to help you adhere in a more uniformed way. To find the International maritime dangerous goods pdf Download which will offer you the information you need to know for our upcoming year, look to the left side bar. At the very bottom of the side bar you will see a section marked downloads. When you click on downloads a drop down of available downloads will appear. You can pick the area based on a particular need you have such as, packing instructions or certifications. There is an option to pick “All Downloads” To search for anything you think you might be missing or are unaware of. Or you can simply download the various catalogs we have available to you with detailed information you will need to ship Dangerous goods. Please keep in mind that you will need to fill out the form at the bottom of the page so all downloads are at your reach. If you are struggling feel free to contact us at your convince so we can better assist you with your needs. For specific needs on the International Maritime dangerous goods changes and regulations you can download the “International Maritime Dangerous Goods Download located in the download section.


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what you need to know about imdg code 2012 36th-amendment

The International Maritime Organization has made our lives a little easier with their revisions to the International Maritime Goods Code. First, we have to learn a little more about what the new revisions to IMO regulations entail. You can start implementing Amendment 37-14 January 1, 2015 or if you’d like more time to practice, you have until January 1, 2016 before it becomes mandatory. Either way, you will need a guide to help ease you through Amendment 37-14 into full, comfortable application. Lucky for you, the revised International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code is available in any format you prefer. You can either download the IMDG Code online, in PDF format, order a paperback book or order your own hardcover book to keep.

What Are IMO Regulations?

Before we get into the new IMO regulations, you may want to know more about the IMO itself. In 1960, the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code was developed by the Safety of Life at Sea Conference. The Safety of Life at Sea Conference suggested that a uniform international code ought to be developed for the transport of dangerous goods by sea. This code would cover packing technique, container traffic and container stowage, as well as special attention to separating substances that are incompatible. A Maritime Safety Committee was appointed where they developed an international code in 1961. The committee collaborated with the United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Good who, in 1956, had implemented minimum requirements for the transport of dangerous goods in any means of transport.

2015 is not the first time changes have been made. In fact, since the fourth IMO Assembly adopted the code in 1956, the IMDG Code has experienced many revisions in order to attend to the volatile needs of the industry. Amendments are made every two years and made effective two years after that.

The International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code is broken up into classes. As you will find in International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code Paperback Book, provisions for each class or division are mapped out for your comprehension. If you would like to know more about a specific dangerous good, each product can be found in the Dangerous Goods List which includes the goods requirements and class. Substances (which include solutions and mixtures) have nine classes total, some with subdivisions. The classes are based on the hazard they present. Quite a few of these substances are considered marine pollutants.


The International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code 2014 Edition

When changes are made, it can be a struggle to get back into a routine. The key to success is knowing exactly what to expect. In order to fully comprehend the new IMO regulations, you must acquire the new IMDG book. Until then, here is a short synopsis of the upcoming changes and what you can do to easily implement them.

Lucky for us, the 2015 revisions don’t have quite as many revisions as the past. There are six major revisions in all and none of them are mandatory until 2016. The first revision is that lamps and light bulbs will no longer be considered dangerous goods. Secondly, Class 7 radioactive substances have undergone significant revisions. Additions have been made to shipping descriptions and packaging instructions for adsorbed gases. Classifying viscous flammable liquids has undergone deeper clarification as well as the design and dimensions of marks including marine pollutant and quantity markings. Lastly, the lettering of the mark OVERPACK must be 12 mm high.

In Chapter 3.2 of the Dangerous Goods List, column 16 (Stowage and segregation) will be divided into two. The end result will be column 16a, stowage and column 16b, segregation. If you need the appropriate codes for storage and segregation, they will be assigned within each shipping description (which can be found in Chapter 7.2).

As for shipping descriptions, there are plenty of revisions to go over. The most important one is to do with the automotive industry which changes the names of Airbag Modules, Airbag Inflators and Seat-Belt Pretensioners to Safety Devices. As for IMO regulations, the 2015 revisions include asbestos now being shipped under the names Asbestos, Amphibole and Asbestos, Chrysotile. The Capacitors shipping description will be split into Capacitor, Electric Double Layer (UN3499) and Capacitor, Asymmetric (UN3508). Packing Discarded, Empty, Unclean, UN3509 has a new entry. The entry doesn’t apply for any normal sea shipments just so long as the packaging has been prepared for transport. If you need more details as to what the requirements for transport are, refer to section Finally, new shipping names will be assigned to various adsorbed gases from UN3510 to UN3526.

New special provisions have been designed as well. These provisions include special provision 367 which regulates the use of shipping names for paint related materials in shipments that contain paint and paint thinners. In special provision 371, standards will apply to small pressure receptacles with a release device. Special provision 373 further clarifies procedures for shipping neutron radiation detectors which contain non-pressurized boron trifluoride gas. Then, wrapping up the current special provisions, clarifications were designed to the exempted internal combustion engines, fuel cell engines and vehicles with battery powered equipment special provisions 961 and to the non-exempted international combustion engines, fuel cell engines, vehicles and battery-powered equipment special provisions 962.

Even though changes in the IMDG Amendment 37-14 don’t take place right away, any shippers and carriers should take advantage of this transition time so that shipments arrive safely and without interruption.

IMDG Code Publications is currently manufacturing and distributing the IMO IMDG Code 2014 Edition with the amendments 37-14. The newest IMDG Code is a two-volume set and IMDG Code Publications has made available a one-volume supplement that goes into greater detail on techniques to deal with fires and spillage emergencies. The 2014 IMO IMDG code have been published in both English and French, with the English edition available in an electronic PDF download. Download yours today!

Ensuring Safe Maritime Transport using the IMDG Code

The IMDG Code, otherwise known as the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, is hardly a new thing. It was originally drafted at the 1960 Safety of Life at Sea Conference, recommending that governments standardize the transport of dangerous goods by sea. The adopted resolution of the 1960 concern concluded that the proposed code would address matters of:

  • Packing
  • Container Traffic
  • Stowage
  • Segregation of Incompatible Substances

IMDG regulations were solidified in 1965, but they have undergone numerous changes since their original inception. Industry – all industry is a living, breathing entity that exhibits the need for adaptation and change on a regular basis. That being the case, the international maritime dangerous goods code regulations (IMDG Code) will also see constant changes as they try to accommodate the fluidity of maritime travel. The important thing to remember is that while these changes do occur, the underlying intention of the IMDG does not change. While safety is always first and foremost, safely getting cargo to the destination within a reasonable amount of time is equally important.

Trusting in the International maritime dangerous goods code paperback book

Having easily quashed all other contenders for the title, the International Maritime Organization is now the only trusted publisher for Ocean Shipping Regulations, meaning their materials are absolutely vital to the success of your organization. Some of their leading publications include MARPOL, the IMDG Code, and SOLAS. Across the world they are accepted as the definitive guide to dangerous transport and recommended to all governments for national adoption. The transportation of items at sea can be dangerous, but that does not in any way mean they need to be inefficient. In fact, all cargo can reach its destination on time, and the process can be quite streamlined. The trick to this, even with heavy regulations, is the standardization of every single detail. This includes of course the size of packages, the labeling, and even the composition of the contents within the boxes themselves. In other words, maritime shipping can in no way be compared to a haphazard road trip.

Upcoming Changes to the IMDG Code

As we mentioned before, the code is constantly changing, and at the end of this year, a new revision to the Maritime Code will be brought to light. It has been dubbed Amendment 37-14, and will take effect on January 1, 2015. Companies are to keep in mind that while it will become active in 2015, a year of adjustment will be permitted so that the proper changes can be made and preparation for the mandatory date of January 1 2016 can be made. There are not as many changes in this amendment as in the past, but they do help to stream line the process:

  • Light bulbs and lamps will no longer be considered dangerous goods
  • Revisions to requirements for Class 7 radioactive substances
  • New shipping descriptions for adsorbed gases
  • Changes to dimensions of package markings

It is essential that all business owners and companies who ship overseas become familiar with maritime law and begin to adapt to the new procedures. It can be an ongoing process, but there is plenty of time to learn the changes and implement them. In addition to that, you can be rest assured that the new procedures will streamline the shipping process and give you everything you need to keep your operation running smoothly both in and out of the water.