The Dangerous Goods Panel’s primary focus is safety and environmental matters related to container and dangerous goods shipping, regulatory, technical and operational issues affecting ICS Members’ interests. It reports to the Marine Committee, and meets usually twice a year, jointly with the Container Panel.
The Dangerous Goods Panel is able to:
- Be directed by the ICS Marine Committee with respect to issues related to container and dangerous goods shipping;
- Undertake technical discussions on any related safety, security and environmental issues;
- Provide technical support to the ICS Marine Committee;
- Make recommendations for approval by the Marine Committee;
- Recommend positions for the ICS Secretariat on related issues with external bodies;
- Recommend actions of the ICS Marine Department related to the work of the Panel;
- Propose nominations of Chair for the Panel;
- Receive relevant technical information, updates and recommendations from the ICS Secretariat, principally the Marine Department.
Input to and outcomes from the Dangerous Goods Panel are reported to ICS Members accordingly.
IMO Committee and Sub-Committees regarding a range of technical issues:
- IMO MSC (Maritime Safety Committee)
- IMO MEPC (Marine Environment Protection Committee)
- IMO CCC (Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers)
- IMO HTW (Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping)
- IMO PPR (Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response)
- IMO SDC (Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction)
- IMO SSE (Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment)
The Dangerous Goods Panel may also have connections to and liaise with other external bodies on a case by case basis as deemed appropriate by the Panel and where necessary approved by the Committee.
Such other bodies may include Governmental, Inter-governmental (IGO), Non-governmental (NGO), public, private or commercial organisations.