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International Law On Maritime Transport
Jul 24, 2018

The International Maritime Dangerous Goods Act (IMDG CODE) is promulgated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to protect the crew and to reduce marine pollution by guaranteeing the safety of shipping of dangerous goods by sea.

Member States in the formulation of relevant domestic laws and regulations, can also draw on the relevant chapters of IMDG, and can be specific to the domestic situation to change the relevant provisions. The regulations require all States members of the Convention on the Safety of life at Sea (SOLAS) and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL 73/78) to enforce IMDG regulations. This regulation is not limited to the use of sailors, and all shipping-related industrial and shipping service personnel may use part of the regulations. Regulations by: Professional terminology, packaging, labelling, disclosure cards, marking, stowage, isolation, processing and emergency response components.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) makes a revision of IMDG Code every two years. With the modernization of people's lives and the continuous improvement of scientific and technological progress, the social demand for dangerous goods has increased significantly at the same time also directly led to the dangerous goods enterprises must develop more kinds of dangerous goods to meet these needs. Based on this, international maritime Dangerous Goods regulations clearly stipulates that all those engaged in the operation of dangerous goods ashore must be in accordance with the relevant requirements of the training, such as: Dangerous goods manufacturers, packaging, warehousing, shipowners, freight forwarders, carriers, shipping company management, ship inspectors, dangerous goods packaging manufacturing and inspection units, The dangerous Goods ground operation personnel and the harbor operation and the management personnel and so on. The main training contents of the regulations include: correct classification of dangerous goods, use of dangerous goods List, packing regulation, packaging performance test, material identification, labeling and labeling, posting of dangerous notices, preparation of documents, loading and quarantine standards.

Employees must be licensed and subject to refresher training in accordance with the updated interval of regulations. The latest version of IMDG CODE (34-08), which was enforced in January 2010, requires all ashore operators related to dangerous goods to be trained to do so.

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