TDG is a shortcut for 'United Nations Transport of Dangerous Goods Sub-Committee'.
TDG, or Transport of Dangerous Goods, refers to the transportation of materials or substances that have the potential to cause harm to people, property, or the environment if not handled properly. In the maritime context, TDG regulations govern the safe transportation of dangerous goods by sea.
Examples of dangerous goods that may be transported by sea include:
- Explosives: such as ammunition, fireworks, and blasting agents
- Gases: such as propane, butane, and compressed air
- Flammable liquids: such as gasoline, diesel fuel, and alcohol
- Flammable solids: such as matches and some types of chemicals
- Oxidizing substances: such as hydrogen peroxide and nitric acid
- Toxic and infectious substances: such as pesticides, medical waste, and radioactive materials
TDG regulations require that dangerous goods be properly classified, packaged, labeled, and transported to ensure their safe handling and to prevent accidents, spills, or releases during transport. In addition, TDG regulations require that shippers and carriers be trained and certified to handle dangerous goods, and that they follow strict procedures for loading, stowing, and securing dangerous goods on board ships.
Compliance with TDG regulations is important to ensure the safety of maritime workers, protect the marine environment, and prevent accidents or incidents that could result in loss of life or property.