Mandatory training

In May, 2008, the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) decided to make the training provisions in chapter 1.3 of the IMDG Code mandatory for shore-side personnel. Apart from knowledge about the IMDG Code itself, some groups of shore-side personnel this training have to include the port bye laws as well.
This was implemented in Amendment 34 of the IMDG Code, mandatory in use on January 1st, 2010.
In the opinion of the Harbourmaster's Office - Cargoes and Environment, this was a very important decision to improve safety on board of sea going vessels carrying packed dangerous cargo but also in ports handling the dangerous cargoes.
Therefore, the mandatory training provisions were adopted in the Antwerp Port Regulations.

A brief overview of the Antwerp Port Regulations concerning mandatory training provisions for shipping agents and forwarders is shown below.

1. General  - All types of dangerous cargo:

The mandatory training consists of 2 mandatory modules:

  • Introduction to the IMDG Code
  • Antwerp Port Regulations for dangerous cargoes

This obligation applies to anyone who is named in a dangerous goods notification to the Harbourmaster.

People wanting to participate in a Port Regulation training, first have to receive a IMDG code training.

Only training institutes, certified by the Harbour Master, may issue IMDG-certificates which allow them to participate to the Antwerp Port Regulation training.

You can find an overview of certified IMDG Code training here.

People holding both certificates (IMDG Code and Antwerp Port Regulations), are allowed to declare the handling of dangerous goods in the Port of Antwerp for all types of dangerous and polluting cargoes (packaged and bulk cargoes).

2. Exclusive for dangerous and polluting cargoes in bulk

Shipping agents handling only dangerous and polluting cargoes in bulk, have to paritcipate in a training covering only the "Antwerp Port Regulations for handling dangerous and  polluting cargoes in bulk"

To participate in this training, one does not have to hold an IMDG certificate. The are however only allowed to notify the handling of dangerous and polluting cargoes in bulk.

3. Certicates

Alle certificates issued for these trainings are valid for 5 years. 
Before the certificates expire, there is a possibility to attend to an "update training".
Expired certificates can only be replaced by new certificates as described under §1 and §2.


Kurt Van Passen

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