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Weilbach to provide IMDG Code e-Learning courses in Singapore

Danish supplier of nautical charts Weilbach has been given the go-ahead from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to supply its its e-Learning solution on handling dangerous goods for shipment (the IMDG Code) by sea in Singapore.

The International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code was adopted in 1965 to ensure that goods transported by sea are done so safely. Poor understanding of IMDG Code provisions has resulted in countless incidents at sea and ashore. Incorrect documentation, packaging, segregation, stowage within the container and onboard ship are common errors that put lives, property and the environment at risk. IMDG Code training is therefore mandatory for all shore-side staff.  

IMDG Code courses are typically taken in a classroom with a test at the end. Weilback’s e-Learning courses offers a cost-effective way for staff to learn about the safe transport of goods without having to attend classroom sessions.

“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,” said Martin Mikkelsen, director business development, Weilbach.

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.

“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,” continued Mr Mikkelsen.

“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.”

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.

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