MAC has previously drawn attention to the hazards of wood pellets, only added to the IMO’s Code of Safe Practice for Solid Bulk Cargoes , the BC Code, in 2005, BIMCO is also expressing concern about these hazards.
Says a BIMCO alert: “Although two investigations were carried out on the carriage of wood pellets, no intensive literature has been produced. Therefore, the information below is based on comments obtained generally regarding this commodity.
Wood pellets, produced from sawdust and wood shavings containing no additives or binders are not the same as wood pulp pellets, which are made of compacted wood chips. The shipment of wood pellets carries with it two main hazards: combustion hazards and carbon monoxide emissions.