IMDG Code (International Maritime Dangerous Goods)
Online Training Certification Course Shipping Dangerous Goods by Sea
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This course is designed to familiarize you with the most recent edition of the IMDG Code which is a two-volume book that covers various provisions for the safe maritime transport of dangerous goods. It will acquaint you both with the rules put forth by the IMDG Code and with the layout of the book itself.
Shipping dangerous goods requires many precautions, even before setting sail. Exposure to hazardous materials (HAZMAT) can harm ecosystems, damage property, and cause long-term health problems, immediate injury, and death. That's why it is so important for the maritime industry to properly pack, label, store, load, and track dangerous goods. Hazmat training helps the freight industry protect people and the environment.
This online certification meets the requirements set forth under the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code). The online training program meets all IMDG training requirements for shipping by sea.
What are the governing regulations? The United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) publishes the IMDG Code. The 2020 Edition, including Amendment 40-20, renders the previous 2018 Edition obsolete.
Persons taking this course and working on U.S. or foreign vessels operating in the navigable waters of the United States also need our DOT Hazardous Materials General/Security Awareness and Function Specific (49 CFR §172) training.
Who must take this training? Dockworkers, longshoremen, freight forwarders, container packers, port employees, and other land-based ocean shipping professionals involved in transporting hazardous materials must understand relevant portions of the IMDG Code.
Case Study: On April 5, 1998, the Sea Land Mariner, sailing under the flag of the Marshall Islands, left the port of Singapore with a load of 1,500 containers. All dangerous goods were properly documented and stowed. Two weeks later, on the April 18, an explosion occurred in the number 7 hold as two fitters conducted routine maintenance in the area. Following the explosion, a fire began; it took nine more days to completely extinguish the fire. During the investigation into the cause of the explosion, it was discovered that the ship was carrying many containers listed as "Expandable Polystyrene, Self-Extinguishing." This product is a Class 9 - Miscellaneous good with the proper shipping name of POLYMERIC BEADS, EXPANDABLE (UN 2211). Not only were the goods incorrectly documented, but they were also improperly packaged and not placarded. As a result, flammable vapors built up in the unventilated holds in which these goods were stowed. Hot falling slag from the fitters' welding activities had ignited the vapors. The Maritime Administrator, Republic of the Marshall Islands, officially named improperly documented shipments and a lack of placarding as the reasons for the Sea Land Mariner explosion and fire.
Key Takeaway: Every potentially dangerous good must be checked against the IMDG Code by shippers and carriers alike. If a good is found listed on the DGL, all provisions relating to it must be carefully followed - this may be a matter of life and death.
the course was an effective introduction tot he IMDG regulations James M
The IMDG Course information was very helpful to refresh my knowledge concerning HAZMAT consideration for maritime shipments. The portions on Packaging and Bulk Containers was specifically an area of high interest, because those requirements are my direct responsibility. Philip L
Great course. always a pleasure Michael W
Excellent course. All of the section references to the IMDG Code books were correct and very helpful for finding information. I have used this course previously and will likely use this course again. Christopher A
this is my first time taking this course- I didn't know what to expect- but it is a good test so far Allen D
this test is very helpful in helping you learn the valuable lessons needed in shipping goods Rick J
Very helplful and interesting. Cynthia Q
This course was easy to take and good for someone that gets interrupted multiple times a day. I thought it was thorough and a good way to re-certify myself. Sarah A
It will take a MINIMUM of 4 hours to complete this IMDG online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.
The IMDG Code does not specify a required recertification schedule. However, HAZMAT employees on US and foreign vessels operating in the navigable waters of the United States must follow the retraining requirements in 49 CFR Part 176, Section 13 which requires retraining every three years.
We will email you twenty-one days before your certification expires so you have time to retrain.