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Exis launches German version of IMDG Code e-learning, 24 March 2014

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Exis Technologies has launched a German version of their IMDG Code training course.  IMDG Code e-learning Deutsch (Amdt 36-12) is web-based training for land and sea personnel involved in handling and transporting dangerous goods by sea.  Developed by Exis in collaboration with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), it gives an overview of the requirements of the IMDG Code and additionally focuses on the requirements for those transporting dangerous goods in Germany as covered by the German dangerous goods regulations e.g. GGVSee.

The objective of the course is to train personnel in the understanding and application of the provisions of the IMDG Code to enable them to safely and efficiently perform their role in the transport of dangerous goods by sea.  Training is required for:

- Shipping lines
- Container packing companies
- Hauliers
- Shippers
- Logistics providers
- Dockers/ Stevedores
- Masters
- Mates 

Carrying out the following roles:
- classify dangerous goods and identify Proper Shipping Names of dangerous goods
- pack dangerous goods
- mark, label or placard dangerous goods
- load/unload Cargo Transport Units (CTU)
- prepare transport documents for dangerous goods
- offer dangerous goods for transport
- accept dangerous goods for transport
- handle dangerous goods in transport
- prepare dangerous goods loading/stowage plans
- load/unload dangerous goods into/from ships

The German specific content for the course was provided by Professor Michael Bochmann who works at the Nautical Department of the University of Applied Science Emden/Leer.  He is ISO certified Expert Witness for Transport of Hazardous Goods, Safety and Quality Assessment Systems and Securing of Load and chairman in the advisory board of the "Vereins fur das Europaische-Sachverstandigen-Wesen" in the field of expertise for Hazardous Goods and hazardous materials.  Prof. Bochmann was a member of several national and international bodies, is an author of dangerous goods publications and regularly presents at conferences  with regard to the transport of dangerous goods.

A course certificate with a pass mark of at least 75% will carry a stamp of Professor Bochmann, who has assessed the course with his advisory opinion.

IMDG Code e-learning Deutsch "shore and sea personnel training" includes the learning requirements of section 1.3.1 of the IMDG Code, as well as the obligations arising from the German regulations e.g. GGVSee.

§ 4 (11) GGVSee:  On any sea-going vessel which is entitled to fly the flag of the Federal Republic of Germany and to transport dangerous goods in packaged form or in solid form in bulk, the master and the officer responsible for the cargo shall be trained, commensurate with their obligations and responsibilities, in the regulations governing the transport of dangerous goods.  The training shall also cover the potential risks of injury or exposure arising from incidents.  The training shall be repeated at intervals of not more than five years.  The date and contents of the training shall be recorded immediately after the training, the records shall be retained for five years and shall be made available to the employee and the competent authority upon request.  After the expiry of the retention period the records shall be deleted immediately.

§ 4 (12) GGVSee: Shore-based personnel who carry out tasks in accordance with sub-section 1.3.1.2 of the IMDG Code shall be trained in accordance with the provisions of chapter 1.3 of the IMDG Code before they take on the respective tasks.  The training shall be repeated at intervals of not more than five years.  The date and contents of the training shall be recorded immediately after the training, the records shall be kept for five years and shall be made available to the employee and the competent authority upon request.  After the expiry of the retention period the records shall be deleted immediately.

IMDG Code E-learning Deutsch includes modules and elements. The modules correspond to  chapters in the IMDG Code dealing with topics such as classification or consignment and elements are individual lessons from that chapter. There are tests at the end of each element to ensure that a good understanding of the course content is being gained as the student progresses.  The certificate can be printed and kept by the employer as proof for the competent authority that suitable training has been carried out by the employee.   

The e-learning approach minimises training time away from normal duties and students are able to study at their own pace and at any location.  Costs (including travel) are greatly reduced for larger companies, especially in high turnover situations.

IMDG Code e-learning Deutsch is available for the web or as SCORM content for learning management systems.  The IMDG Code e-learning administrator system, which can be used with the web version, allows a supervisor to set up courses locally, regionally or globally, set study targets and monitor student progress.

The English version of IMDG Code e-learning is already in use by over half of the top twenty container lines as well as shippers and logistics operations worldwide.  It is sponsored by the TT Club and supported by the International Cargo Handling Association (ICHCA).

The course has been assessed and certified against DNV (Det Norske Veritas) Standard for Certification of e-Learning Programmes.  This certifies that the course has met the DNV requirements in terms of the quality of development, content and delivery of learning programmes, is properly designed, contains clear objectives for results, is designed by qualified trainers and is assessed and improved in line with market demands and experience.