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Guidelines for the carriage of charcoal and carbon in containers

Member Advisory

Charcoal / carbon is considered to be a self-heating 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, and there have been a number of reported fires in recent years involving the carriage of charcoal in containers.

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 P&I Clubs, and these guidelines along with a joint press release are attached hereto.