IMO Classes

Shipping Hazardous Materials internationally is a precisely regulated field in international shipping. Shipping dangerous goods is regulated by the International Convention for the Safety of the Life and Sea (SOLAS) and the International Convention for the prevention of pollution from ships (MARPOL). These organizations helped develop the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG). This code system is used for transporting dangerous goods by sea, as well as transporting dangerous goods by air, rail, road and rivers. The classing system is grouped by the specific risk of transporting dangerous goods involved.