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Shippers and ocean carriers of radioactive goods should be aware of the new International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code changes implemented in the 2014 edition. Those involved in the shipment and transport of Class 7 goods must be aware of updates to 2009 regulations mandated under IAEA Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material – 2012 Edition (IAEA Safety Standards Series SSR-6.) These 2012 edition regulations supercede the 2009 edition regulations.
The format for the Dangerous Goods List (DGL) column has been changed and split in two: 16(a) and 16(b). These two columns replace column 16, formerly titled, Stowage and Segregation. Previously, this column held descriptive text. Going forward, codes will be used and are defined in Chapter 7.
Column 16(a) shall be titled Stowage and Handling and 16(b), Segregation. Codes for stowage will be listed under "SW" in section 7.1.5, for handling under "H" in section 7.1.6 and for segregation under "SG" in section 7.2.8.
Chapter 7.2 contains important and stringent new segregation and stowage requirements for water-reactive materials, such as Class 4.3 materials.
The Dangerous Goods List (DGL) itself has many updates: