IMDG Training (IMO Vessel) - Initial

$325.00 per student

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Updated for 2019 (IMDG 2018 Edition, incorporating Amendment 39-18 of the IMDG Code)

Hazmat employees must handle, package, and ship dangerous goods in ways that seek to prevent a hazardous materials incident from happening. This includes goods being transported at sea. Such incidents can potentially threaten the integrity of the vessel and the lives of employees and other personnel aboard the vessel. Such an incident can be especially perilous if the incident occurs many miles away from the nearest shore and anyone who could help. Hazardous materials incidents that occur on the oceans can also pose the serious threat of an environmental catastrophe that can immeasurably devastate sea life.

It is for these reasons that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) created the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code. This organization lists the globally recognized regulations for the transportation of hazardous materials over the sea. This is to ensure the safety of those transporting the materials, as well as the safety of those who would be indirectly affected by it. The IMDG also serves to prevent pollution and the destabilization of marine environments around the world. As such, hazmat employees must undergo training to understand these regulations and then make every effort to comply with them. Not only is it vital for hazmat employees to understand and practice, but it is required by international and federal law.

Hazmat University’s IMDG Training (IMO Vessel) - Initial provides mandated IMDG regulations and procedures to participants involved with shipping dangerous goods by vessel. Dangerous Goods by Vessel training is based on the requirements outlined in 49 CFR and the IMDG Code. Employees who have undergone initial training in the past are required by law to undergo recurrent training at least once every three years, and Hazmat University provides IMDG Training (IMO Vessel) - Recurrent.


Course Objectives

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Properly classify or understand the classification requirements of substances and articles according to their proper hazard class
  • Assign or verify substances and articles to an appropriate proper identification
  • Select or verify the correct packaging for the dangerous goods being shipped
  • Select or apply the correct markings and labeling for the material being shipped
  • Accurately complete or verify the shipping paper required for the transport of dangerous goods by vessel as outlined in the IMDG Code
  • Understand the requirements for security, safety, and emergency response as they relate to shipments of dangerous goods, and understand the requirements for training as required by the appropriate national and/or international authorities
  • Download and print a certificate of training upon successful completion of the course
Additional information regarding USA Hazardous Materials Training requirements can be found at:

Required and Optional Regulatory Manuals

  • International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code - 2016 Edition
  • 49 CFR - Electronic Version is available at  
    • Printed version is optional.
  • Emergency Response Guide - PDF version is included with the course.  
    • Printed version is optional.   

Primary Audience

While anyone involved in the vessel transportation of dangerous goods process can benefit from undergoing IMDG training, this course is intended for shippers, freight forwarders, and those who oversee the handling of dangerous goods-related job functions. This training may also be applicable to include Federal departments and agencies such as government contractors, military armed forces and civilian subcontractors that are involved in shipping and transporting hazardous materials. For additional information regarding who is required to have dangerous goods training, please visit the FAQ section of our website.

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