CODE OF SAFE PRACTICE FOR SHIPS CARRYING TIMBER DECK CARGOES, 2011 (2011 TDC CODE)

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Code of Safe Practice for the Ships Carrying Timber Deck Cargoes, 2011 was accepted at the 27th session of IMO’s Assembly in November 2011 by resolution A.1048(27).  The 2011 TDC Code revises and updates the previous Code adopted in 1991 by resolution A.715(17) in order to reflect the capability of today’s ships and the equipment available on board & also taking anticipated future transformation in mind.  

The 2011 TDC Code is non-mandatory and applies to all ships of 24 m or more in length carrying a timber deck cargo.  The Code objective is to assure that stowage & cargo securing arrangements for timber deck cargoes allow a safe still logical securing of the cargo so that it is satisfactorily prevented from shifting.  The 2011 TDC Code also covers different design principles, considering the acceleration forces cargo may be subjected to throughout the sailing.

More specifically, the 2011 TDC Code provides:

  • Practices for safe transportation
  • Methodologies for safe stowage and securing
  • Design principles for securing systems
  • Guidance for evolving plan to be included in ships’ cargo securing manuals
  • Sample checklists for safe stowage and securing

This Code is intended to help shipowners,  operating companies, port industries, charterers, seafarers, shippers, pre-packaging organizations, Administrations, manufacturers,  designers of ships & equipment related with the transportation of timber deck cargoes, & those developing cargo securing manuals for the carriage of timber deck cargoes.