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Marking, labeling and placarding  
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Marking labeling and placarding
1. Packages containing a harmful substances shall be durably marked with the correct technical name (trade names alone shall not be used) and, further, shall be durably marked or labeled with distinctive labels or stencils of the labels or placards as appropriate so as to make clear the dangerous properties of the goods contained therein and also to indicate that the substance is a marine pollutant. Such identification shall be supplemented where possible by any other means, for example by the use of the relevant United Nations number.
2. The method of marking the correct technical name and of affixing labels on packages containing a harmful shall be such that this information was still be identifiable on packages surviving at least three months immersion in the sea. In considering suitable marking and labeling, account shall be taken of the durability of the materials used and of the surface of the package.
3. Packages containing small quantities of harmful substances may be exempted from the marking requirements. For eg.
  • packages containing dangerous goods of a low degree or hard or packed in limited quantities; or
  • when special circumstances permit, packages that are stowed and handled in units that are identified by labels or placards;* may be exempted from labeling requirements