Notice of the Maritime Administration of the Ministry of Transport on Soliciting Opinions on "Notice on the Safety Work of Bulk Packaged Lithium Battery Products for Ship Carrying Domestic Trade (Draft for Soliciting Opinions)"
In order to do a good job in the safety work of lithium battery products in bulk packaging on ships, apply the latest international research results to domestic trade transportation, and facilitate the transportation of lithium battery products in bulk packaging, our bureau has drafted the Notice on the Safety Work of Lithium battery Products in bulk Packaging on Ships (Draft for Comments), which is now open to the public for comments. The public can provide feedback through the following channels and means:
1. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org;
2. Correspondence Address: Danger Control and Anti-Pollution Division, Maritime Administration, Ministry of Transport, No.11 Jianguomennei Street, Beijing 100736.
The deadline for feedback is January 29, 2023.
Annex: Text of the Notice on the Safety of Bulk packaged Lithium Battery Products for Domestic Trade Carried by Ships (draft for comment)
Maritime Administration of Ministry of Transport
December 29, 2022
Text of the Notice on the Safety of Lithium Battery Products in Bulk Packaging for Domestic Trade Carried by Ships (Draft for Consultation)
In order to ensure the safety of lithium battery products in bulk packaging for domestic trade carried by ships and facilitate the transportation of goods, in accordance with the International Code for Dangerous Goods by Sea and Regulations on the Safety Supervision and Administration of Ships Carrying Dangerous Goods, combined with the latest international research results, This is to inform ships carrying bulk packages for domestic trade of multiple large batteries weighing more than 500g, multiple large lithium battery packs weighing more than 12kg and equipment containing multiple large batteries and battery packs as follows:
I. Lithium battery requirements. Bulk packed lithium batteries, battery packs and batteries and batteries in equipment delivered to ships shall be new, unused batteries in compliance with Chapter 2.9.4 of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code and shall not exceed 30% of their state of Charge (SOC) at the time of delivery. Every lithium battery and battery pack shall be protected against short circuit. Samples of lithium batteries or batteries, damaged or defective batteries, batteries or batteries in equipment, and batteries, batteries or batteries in equipment for handling or recovery shall be transported in accordance with other relevant requirements of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code.
Two, bulk packaging requirements. The bulk packaging used for the shipment of lithium battery products shall be rigid bulk packaging made of metal, rigid plastics, natural wood, plywood, reclaimed wood or hard fiberboard. The packaging shall comply with the relevant performance requirements of Packaging Class II of the International Code for Dangerous Goods by Sea and shall obtain the corresponding package inspection certificate. A single bulk package shall be designed to facilitate mechanical operation and shall not exceed 3 cubic meters in volume. The lithium batteries, battery packs or equipment contained in the bulk package shall be placed in the bulk package, or effective isolation and securing measures shall be taken to avoid damage caused by movement of the goods during transportation, contact with other batteries or battery packs or equipment, and longitudinal load generated by other batteries, battery packs or equipment in the bulk package.
Iii. Shipping requirements. Lithium battery products in bulk packaging shall be delivered to ships in containers and other closed cargo transport modules. The total weight of each cargo transport module shall not exceed its nominal maximum total operating mass. And the total energy (Wh) of lithium battery contained in each cargo transport module shall not exceed 80% of the maximum allowable amount (maximum allowable amount = maximum total mass of cargo transport module in operation (kg) x energy density of lithium battery (Wh/kg)). The cargo transport components shall be loaded in accordance with the national standard "Technical Requirements for Safety of Container Packing of Dangerous Goods by Sea" (GB 40163-2021). Proper bundling, fixing, padding and other safety measures shall be taken. The bulk packages in the cargo transport components shall not be stacked. If pallet loading is used, the total weight of the package in the pallet shall not exceed the maximum load allowed by the pallet.
Maritime administrative authorities at all levels shall strictly examine and approve the entry and exit of dangerous goods carried by ships, strengthen on-site supervision, urge enterprises to fulfill their primary responsibility for safety, and ensure the safety of lithium battery products packed in bulk for domestic trade carried by ships.
Matters not covered in this notice shall be subject to relevant laws, regulations, rules, normative documents and other relevant provisions.
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