USE OF MOBILE EXPLOSIVES MANUFACTURING UNITS (MEMUs)
NOTE 1: For packagings, see Chapter 4.1; for portable tanks, see Chapter 4.2; for fixed tanks (tank vehicles),
demountable tanks, tank-containers and tank swap bodies with shells made of metallic materials, see
Chapter 4.3; for fibre-reinforced plastics (FRP) tanks, see Chapter 4.4; for vacuum operated waste
tanks, see Chapter 4.5.
NOTE 2: For requirements concerning construction, equipment, type approval, tests and marking, see
Chapters 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 6.11 and 6.12.
Substances of Classes 3, 5.1, 6.1 and 8 may be carried on MEMUs conforming to Chapter 6.12, in
portable tanks if their carriage is permitted according to Chapter 4.2; or in fixed tanks, demountable
tanks, tank containers or tank swap bodies if their carriage is permitted according to Chapter 4.3; or in
fibre-reinforced plastics (FRP) tanks if their carriage is permitted according to Chapter 4.4; or in bulk
containers, if their carriage is permitted according to Chapter 7.3.
Subject to the approval of the competent authority (see 188.8.131.52.3) explosive substances or articles of
Class 1 may be carried in packages, in special compartments conforming to section 6.12.5, if their
packaging is permitted according to Chapter 4.1 and their carriage is permitted according to Chapter
7.2 and 7.5.
The following provisions apply for operation of tanks according to Chapter 6.12:
(a) For tanks with a capacity of 1 000 litres or more, the provisions of Chapter 4.2, Chapter 4.3,
except 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11.1, 4.3.3 and 4.3.4, or Chapter 4.4 apply to the carriage on MEMUs, and
are supplemented by the provisions of 18.104.22.168 , 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 below.
(b) For tanks with a capacity of less than 1 000 litres, the provisions of Chapter 4.2, Chapter 4.3,
except 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11.1, 4.3.3 and 4.3.4, or Chapter 4.4 apply to the carriage on
MEMUs, and are supplemented by the provisions of 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 below.
The thickness of the walls of the shell shall not, throughout its use, fall below the minimum figure
prescribed in the appropriate construction requirements.
Flexible discharge pipes, whether permanently connected or not, and hoppers shall be empty of mixed
or sensitised explosive substances during carriage.
When applicable to carriage in tanks, the special provisions (TU) of 4.3.5 shall also apply as indicated
in Column (13) of Table A in Chapter 3.2.
Operators shall ensure that the locks specified in 9.8.8 are used during carriage.
Application and general provisions
This Part sets forth the provisions for dangerous goods consignments relative to marking, labelling,
and documentation, and, where appropriate, authorization of consignments and advance notifications.
Use of overpacks
(a) Unless marks and labels required in Chapter 5.2, except 188.8.131.52 to 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11.2 to 18.104.22.168.8
and 22.214.171.124, representative of all dangerous goods in the overpack are visible, the overpack
(i) marked with the word “OVERPACK”. The lettering of the “OVERPACK” mark shall
be at least 12 mm high. The mark shall be in an official language of the country of
origin and also, if that language is not English, French or German, in English, French or
German, unless agreements, if any, concluded between the countries concerned in the
transport operation provide otherwise; and
(ii) labelled and marked with the UN number and other marks, as required for packages in
Chapter 5.2 except 126.96.36.199 to 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206.2 to 220.127.116.11.8 and 18.104.22.168, for each item of
dangerous goods contained in the overpack. Each applicable mark or label only needs to
be applied once.
Labelling of overpacks containing radioactive material shall be in accordance with 22.214.171.124.11.
(b) Orientation arrows illustrated in 126.96.36.199 shall be displayed on two opposite sides of overpacks
containing packages which shall be marked in accordance with 188.8.131.52.1, unless the marks