Eight of the top twenty container lines implement IMDG Code e-learning for mandatory shore-side training Darlington, UK, 25 March 2010
Mandatory training for shore-side staff
involved in dangerous goods transport by sea is included in the
latest Amendment of the IMDG Code, which entered into force on 1
January 2010. Shore-side staff that require IMDG Code training
include shippers and forwarders, container packers and
consolidators, shipping line booking staff, stevedores, port and
terminal operators. Exis developed IMDG Code e-learning, a
computer-based training tool, to help organisations comply with the
new requirement. To date, eight of the top twenty container lines,
including K-Line, UASC, MOL, NYK, and Zim have implemented IMDG
Code e-learning for tens of thousands of staff worldwide.
The development of IMDG Code e-learning, an
initiative of Exis Technologies, was supported by IMO and industry
bodies to address the urgent need to train large numbers of staff
worldwide economically and with minimum disruption to normal
working. The intranet version of IMDG Code e-learning allows an
administrator to set up student courses locally, regionally or
globally, set study targets and monitor student progress. Students
work at their own pace within targets set by management. The
intranet version can also be customised to include the operator's
dangerous goods procedures and practices.
Costs are greatly reduced with this flexible,
"off the shelf" training package, with corporate implementation of
the course in large organisations as economical as USD $15 per
student due to economies of scale.
There are two levels of training for shore side
staff as follows:
- General awareness: for staff requiring a familiarisation
with the IMDG Code requirements.
- Function-specific: for staff directly involved in dangerous
The course is configured to the student's role during set-up.
For container lines trading with the United States, there is a
module that includes the use of the IMDG Code with 49 CFR.
As well as being available for corporate intranets, IMDG Code
e-learning can be downloaded from the course website for individual
Kris Vedat, UASC, commented,
"We implemented IMDG Code e-learning last year for our European
operations staff. We have since been able to train our relevant
staff using the administrator function which allows us to provide
consistent training throughout our global operations. Students'
courses can be set up with both pass marks and timeframes for
completion, and progress can be monitored so we know when courses
are complete, overdue or the student requires retraining.
Crucially, we have a record of all staff training and course
completion certificates. Our staff have been trained to a high
standard and to the appropriate level of training for their job
roles. The IMDG Code e-learning course has enabled us to comply
with the IMDG Code quickly and efficiently."
The course is independently certified by Det
Norske Veritas (DNV), one of the world's leading classification
societies. IMDG Code e-learning has been accepted by the Australian
Maritime Safety Authority, and the Ministry of PI Land Transport
& Shipping Mauritius. It is also being assessed by other
competent authorities globally. The course is sponsored by the TT
Club and ICHCA (International Cargo Handling