Weilbach approved to provide IMDG Code e-learning courses in Singapore, 16 June 2020
Poor understanding of IMDG Code provisions has resulted in
countless incidents at sea and ashore and therefore IMDG Code
training is mandatory for all shore-side staff. The Danish supplier
of nautical charts and Exis distributor, Weilbach, has received
approval from the Maritime and Port
Authority of Singapore to offer IMDG Code e-learning courses in
"The approval has come at a time where online alternatives to
classroom-based training is much in demand due to the global
pandemic and a lot of companies are reaching out to us to find out
how they can implement remote learning. Although, this is a tragic
situation I am pleased that we can help companies that ship or
handle dangerous goods to educate their staff on the mandatory IMDG
Code training," says Martin Mikkelsen, Director Business
Common errors put lives, property and environment at
Stowage of containers with dangerous goods must be done according
to IMDG Code provisions but IMO and national administration surveys
consistently show that high percentages of dangerous goods
container shipments are non-compliant. Incorrect documentation,
packaging, segregation, stowage within the container and onboard
ship are common errors that put lives, property and the environment
"Lots of different types of goods are potentially dangerous, for
example, coconuts can cause a fire in containers and in the end,
lead to the entire ship burning. This is both dangerous to the
personnel and expensive to the companies that handle or ship
dangerous goods. Therefore, training is mandatory," says Martin
Mikkelsen and continues:
"This applies to both shore-based personnel involved in
handling, documenting, packing, transporting and storing of
dangerous goods as well as personnel at sea."
Faster, easier, and at a lower cost
Usually IMDG Code courses are taken in a classroom with a test at
the end. With the approval to provide e-learning courses, Weilbach
offers a solution that is much more cost-effective.
"With the approval to provide IMDG e-learning courses in
Singapore, staff can do the mandatory training faster, easier, and
at a much lower cost because they do not have to attend classroom
sessions every second year, when the certificate must be renewed to
meet the requirements from the IMO," says Martin Mikkelsen.
The e-learning solution offered by Weilbach allows training to
take place either at work or at home. Training time is flexible as
students can log in and out of the courses at their convenience.
The student just needs an internet connection and a PC, laptop or
tablet device to access their course.
"We supply the coursework online and the user can take the
course at his or her own pace. The courses comprise modules with
tests at the end to ensure a good understanding of the content.
Then the final test can be taken at our Singapore office, once
circuit breaker is over," says Martin Mikkelsen.
Weilbach offers the IMDG e-learning courses under licence and is
one of the only companies in Asia to supply the courses online
rather than in a classroom. More information and purchasing is
available here: www.weilbach-elearning.com
Outside of Singapore, the IMDG Code e-learning courses, which
are all online with no classroom test required (course
material and assessment, course completion certificate) can be
purchased here: www.imdge-learning.com