Monday, January 15, 2018

Chemical Cargoes and Hazardous Freight Lead to Specialist e-learning for Container Shipping Line

MSC Adopts Worldwide IMDG Code Training System for its Staff
Shipping News Feature
UK – SWITZERLAND – WORLDWIDE – When, as is the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), you are running a fleet of 460 container ships taking freight to over 300 ports worldwide, one has to ensure that staff in all your offices are on the ball when it comes to processing the documents and competently handling the 2.75 million TEU of cargo in your care. Protocols have to be particularly stringent when hazardous items are involved and one must seek the highest quality standards and training to ensure chemical cargoes are properly managed.

When MSC was looking for an IMDG Code training solution which could be rolled out globally across its network of 480 offices, the company purchased a version of IMDG Code e-learning, the system developed in collaboration with the International Maritime Organization, by Exis Technologies, to allow students to train using the company’s learning management system.

For several years, MSC has been using Exis Technologies Hazcheck compliance system to check shipments against the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, and the Swiss headquartered shipping line chose Exis Technologies SCORM version of IMDG Code e-learning, something the Darlington based company has been developing since 2009 having been a supplier of compliance systems for the management of dangerous goods in sea transport for 30 years.

The project team implemented Amendment 37-14 last year and will be implementing the Amendment 38-16 training programme over the next few months. This programme utilises a wide range of the IMDG Code e-learning courses available, to ensure that staff are receiving the most appropriate training for their job role. To date, the company has successfully trained 21,000 people working as part of the worldwide MSC network, including agents, fleet operators and terminals.

MSC is also incorporating the 49 CFR training module into the programme, which looks at the additional requirements in 49 CFR when shipping into/from the USA under the IMDG Code provisions. Dirk Vande Velde, Corporate Senior Director, MSC Chemical Transports, has been working closely with Exis Technologies to implement IMDG Code compliance solutions for many years. Dirk commented:

“For some time now, we have been working very closely with Exis to replace our existing training with the Exis Dangerous Cargo training across our global network. We have been really pleased with how the relationship has developed, how well they have understood the complex needs of our business, and how their specific training tools have performed in terms of our requirements. We look forward to continuing the implementation of the current training programme.”

Staff based in MSC agency offices around the globe, have first-hand experience of local requirements and regulations regarding chemicals/dangerous goods in ports worldwide. Their focus is ensuring that the highest level of safety and environmental standards are met. MSC also has a specialist chemical support department based at its Belgian home port of Antwerp.

It is this department which ensures shipments meet the stringent compliance requirements of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, and it provides any necessary contingency plans en route. Specialist chemists ensure the chemical cargo (and the freight it sits next to) is stowed and shipped in-keeping with the necessary legal and safety requirements.

Photo: (L to R) Cdt., Dirk Vande Velde, MSC CSO, Mr Nicola Privato, DNV–GL, Mr Claudio Bozzo, MSC COO, Mrs Valeria Fazio, DNV-Gl and Mr Diego Russo, DNV-GL during the ceremony of the handing of the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 26000 certificates at MSC Geneva HQ.