It is required that the shipper provided on the shipper document (e.g. the bill of lading), a 24 hour emergency telephone number of a person or organization in foreign countries and in the U.S., having or having immediate access to, knowledge about the hazardous material and comprehensive emergency response and accident mitigation information for the material. The carrier can not accept shipments of chemicals and other hazardous materials which do not provide a 24 hour telephone number. In addition a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) has to be submitted to the carrier prior to the cargo being loaded on board.
The following emergency response information must be kept with the vehicle/vessel operator:
o a description of the hazardous material
o immediate health hazard information and preliminary first aid measures
o immediate precautions and methods of handling spills, leaks and fires, etc.
NOS descriptions of hazardous goods on the shipping paper must be accompanied by the chemical's technical name.
Any fines or penalties incurred due to the failure of the shippers to conform to the regulations will be for the account of the shipper. In addition shipper shall indemnify and hold carrier harmless from and against any liability for damage to property or person arising from the ocean or inland transportation and handling of hazardous cargoes, except where such liability is the exclusive fault of the carrier.