Dangerous Goods Information

Amended Dangerous Goods Ordinance (Cap. 295) and its subsidiary legislation

Cancellation of Night-staying Permit

Amended Merchant Shipping (Safety) (Dangerous Goods and Marine Pollutants) Regulation (Cap 413H)

Dangerous Goods Declaration :




Dangerous Goods Notification System


General Information

Labels and Classification of Dangerous Goods in International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code):

Class 1 Class 1 Class 1 Class 1

Numerals shall be about 30 mm in height and be about 5 mm thick (for a label measuring 100 mm by 100 mm). Figure ‘1’ in bottom corner.

** Place for division – to be left blank if explosive is the subsidiary risk.

* Place for compatibility group – to be left blank if explosive is the subsidiary risk.

Class 2 Class 2 Class 2 Class 2 Class 2

 

Class 3 Class 3      

 

Class 4 Class 4 Class 4 Class 4  

 

Class 5 Class 5 Class 5    

 

Class 6 Class 6      

 

Class 7 Class 7 Class 7 Class 7  

 

Class 8        

 

Class 9 Class 9A        

 

Marine Pollutants

(Marine Pollutants)

       

 

Regulation of Dangerous Goods in Hong Kong Waters

General
Ocean-going Vessels and River-trade Vessels Local Vessels
Prohibited goods
Relevant Marine Department Notices (MDN)

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For enquiries on the application procedures on carriage of dangerous goods in Hong Kong waters, please contact the Dangerous Goods Unit of the Marine Department by the following means:


Tel.:           (852) 2852 4913

Fax.:         (852) 2815 8596

E-mail:      pfdg@mardep.gov.hk

Website:   https://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/ele_services/dgis.html

Address:   Room 307, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong

FAQ

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Regulation of Dangerous Goods in Hong Kong Waters

General

Definition of Dangerous Goods

Dangerous goods transported by sea means: Dangerous Goods Unit, Marine Department

This Unit is responsible for:
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Ocean-going Vessels and River-trade Vessels

Submission of Dangerous Goods Manifest

The owner, agent or master of an ocean-going vessel (OGV) or a river-trade vessel (RTV) arriving in Hong Kong waters having on board any dangerous goods in packaged form, including a vessel in transit, shall, not less than 48 hours before the estimated time of arrival, furnish the Director of Marine with a manifest of all such dangerous goods; provided that where for reasonable cause it is not possible to furnish such manifest in the manner and time aforesaid a manifest shall be furnished immediately after the arrival of the vessel in the harbour. An OGV or a RTV departing from Hong Kong waters having on board any dangerous goods, shall, before departure, furnish the Director of Marine with a manifest of all such dangerous goods. The manifest may be submitted through a hard copy to submit manifest . The Electronic Business System (eBS) of the Marine Department (MD) for submission of manifests is available to registered shipping agents only. Shipping agents wishing to become a registered agent may contact the Dangerous Goods Unit .

General Requirements for
an OGV or a RTV Carrying Dangerous Goods in Hong Kong Waters
Carriage of Explosives Substances, Class 1

Carriage of Infectious Substances, Class 6.2

Carriage of Radioactive Materials, Class 7

For a Vessel Carrying Radioactive Materials in transit :


Chemical Waste

Chemical waste, as defined in the Waste Disposal (Chemical Waste) (General) Regulation, Cap. 354C, is any substance or thing being (i) scrap material, (ii) effluent, or (iii) an unwanted substance or by-product arising from the application of or in the course of any process or trade activity, and which is or contains any specified substance or chemical in such form, quantity or concentration so as to cause pollution, constitute a danger to health or risk of pollution to the environment. The control authority of Chemical Waste is the Environmental Protection Department. Prior approval is required from the Department for carriage or handling of chemical waste within Hong Kong waters.


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Local Vessels

General Requirements for Carrying Dangerous Goods

DG Permits

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Type Fees Validity
"Conveyance Permit (For Class 1 Dangerous Goods)”
[Application Form]
HK$315 Valid for a particular trip on a particular date between the hours of sunrise and sunset
"Conveyance Permit (For Dangerous Goods other than Class 1 Dangerous Goods)"
[Application Form]
HK$160 Valid for up to 1 year
"Fireworks Discharge Permit" HK$15 particular date and time only


Acknowledgement Letter Points to note and provide information to the Dangerous Goods Unit


Prohibited goods

Prohibited goods stipulated in Special Provision 900 of the IMDG Code

Prohibited goods Stipulated in Local Dangerous Goods Regulation


No person shall manufacture or cause to be manufactured any prohibited goods or have any prohibited goods in his possession, custody or control. Please refer to Section 7 of the Dangerous Goods (Application and Exemption) Regulation, Cap. 295E for detail of the prohibited goods.

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FAQ

Q. How is the movement of dangerous goods regulated in Hong Kong waters?

A. The movement of dangerous goods is mainly regulated under the Dangerous Goods Ordinance, Cap. 295 and the Merchant Shipping (Safety) (Dangerous Goods and Marine Pollutants) Regulation, Cap 413H.

Q. How do I apply for a Conveyance Permit (For Class 1 Dangerous Goods) and Conveyance Permit (For Dangerous Goods other than Class 1 Dangerous Goods) for a local vessel intended to convey dangerous goods?

A. To apply for a Conveyance Permit (For Class 1 Dangerous Goods) or Conveyance Permit (For Dangerous Goods other than Class 1 Dangerous Goods) for a vessel, you shall submit a completed application form together with the following:


Q. Do I need to apply for a Conveyance Permit (For Class 1 Dangerous Goods) from the Marine Department for conveyance of pyrotechnic special effect materials (PSEM) in Hong Kong waters?

A. You do not need a Conveyance Permit (For Class 1 Dangerous Goods) for such purpose. However, PSEM used for producing entertainment special effects are regulated under the Entertainment Special Effects Ordinance, Cap. 560. So, for conveyance of PSEM in Hong Kong waters, a Conveyance Permit is required from the Create Hong Kong.

Q. Do I need to declare the distress signals of a ship?

A. You do not need to do so. The local regulations and IMDG Code do not apply to goods forming part of the equipment or stores of a ship on which goods or substances are carried.

Q. Are there any means to move dangerous goods across the harbour?

A. Scheduled dangerous goods vehicular ferries are plying between Kwun Tong and North Point to move certain types of dangerous goods across the harbour.

Q. What is the requirement for carrying a small quantity of dangerous goods in Hong Kong waters?

A. There is no specific requirement if the quantity of the substance intended to be carried in Hong Kong waters is less than, and its packing is in compliance with the provisions as stipulated in the Dangerous Goods (Application and Exemption) Regulation,Cap. 295E and Dangerous Goods (Shipping) Regulation,Cap. 295F.

Q. Is an empty container containing dangerous goods residue considered a kind of dangerous goods?

A. A container containing dangerous goods residue is considered a kind of dangerous goods and shall be declared as dangerous goods.


Q. Where can I find the local regulations relating to dangerous goods?

A. The local regulations relating to dangerous goods as mentioned in this web page can be found on the Internet at : https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/ .

Q. What is the requirement for discharging fireworks in Hong Kong waters?

A. A Fireworks Discharge Permit will be granted upon payment of the statutory for authorizing the discharge of fireworks at sea under Section 31 of Dangerous Goods (shipping) Regulation, Cap 295F.


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