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Hazardous Material & Containerization / Flatracks Training under the Dangerous Cargo Act & Rules and Regulations for Solid Bulk Cargo (IMDG & IMSBC)

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Established in 1952 and located in New York, National Cargo Bureau (NCB) created by the U.S. Coast Guard with the mission of Safety of Life and Cargo at Sea. National Cargo Bureau offers a variety of Courses designed to meet the needs of the merchant marine and the shipping industry at large.

By assignment and under the authority of the United States Coast Guard, the certificates issued by National Cargo Bureau, Inc. may be accepted as a prima facie evidence of compliance with the provisions of the Dangerous Cargo Act and the Rules and Regulations for Bulk Grain Cargo. Upon successful completion, candidates will be able to download and/or print their NCB Certificate of Training

NCB has its offices in more than 17 locations around port facilities at the Pacific, Great Lakes and Atlantics coast in the United States.

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Training Programs

Hazardous Material Courses


  • Hazardous Materials (1 or 2 days): Designed as a recertification for hazmat employees who have already completed their initial training. This course is based on The IMDG Code requirements inclusive of the additional requirements under 49CFR for international intermodal dangerous goods shipments.
  • Vessel Stowage and Segregation (2 days): Designed as a recertification for hazmat professionals who have already completed their initial training. This course consists of the 1 Day Course plus the Vessel Stowage & Segregation Course.
  • 49CFR Course (2 or 3 days): Designed to provide a working knowledge of the 49CFR requirements. This course is based on the 49CFR requirements comprised of training and testing in safety and security awareness and general awareness / familiarization covering specific training on use of the hazmat table, appendices, hazard communication, shipping papers, segregation and emergency response information.
  • IMDG Code Function Specific Vessel Stowage & Segregation Course: Designed to provide a thorough knowledge of the IMDG Code vessel stowage & segregation provisions. This course is a stand-alone, hands-on, function specific training covering the IMDG Code and SOLAS vessel & stowage provisions. This course is ideal for Vessel Officers, Vessel Planners and Vessel Operator¬ís Hazardous Materials / Dangerous Goods shore based staff. This program is also applicable to Marine Terminal and Stevedore personnel who are involved with stowing vessels.
  • Marine Terminal Course: Designed specifically for marine terminal operators. This course is based on The IMDG Code requirements inclusive of the additional requirements under 49CFR for international intermodal dangerous goods shipments concerning marine terminal operations. The course is comprised of training and testing in safety and security awareness and general awareness / familiarization covering specific training on use of the hazmat tables, appendices, hazard communication, shipping papers, segregation and emergency response information.
  • Shipboard Training (1 day): Designed to provide vessel personnel general awareness training under U.S. regulations in 49CFR. This course is based on the 49CFR requirements comprised of training and testing in safety and security awareness and general awareness / familiarization covering specific training on use of the hazmat table, appendices, shipping papers, emergency response information and carriage by vessel.
  • Hazmat Recognition Course (half day): Designed to provide recognition for those working in close proximity to, but without direct responsibility for, hazardous materials / dangerous goods. This course is based on the hazard communication requirement of the IMDG Code inclusive of additional U.S. requirement under 49CFR for international intermodal shipments covering hazard class definition and examples, marking, labeling, placarding and documentation recognition and emergency response information.

Containerization/Flatracks Training

  • Containerization Course (1 day): Designed to provide a working knowledge of the requirements for those responsible for stuffing containers. This course is based on the CSC, IMDG Code and 49CFR requirements for international intermodal shipments moving by vessel comprised of training and testing in transit stresses, stowage & segregation, cargo securing blocking and bracing, documentation, labels, marks and placards.
  • Flatrack Securing Course (1 day): Designed to provide a working knowledge of the requirements for those involved in stowing and securing cargo on flatracks. This course is based on the CSC Convention, SOLAS Convention and CSS Code and discusses the regulatory requirements and the reasons for them and explains methods of securing and demonstrating that the cargo is properly secured and the requirements met.

Coast Guard Approved Self-Study Courses (Online)

  • Marine Terminal General Awareness Hazmat/Dangerous Goods Recognition Training Courses (30 min): These courses were developed specifically for the Marine Terminal Industry to provide a basic understanding and awareness for those employees working in close proximity to, but without direct responsibility for, hazardous materials / dangerous goods shipments.
  • International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code (6 hours): This training course has been prepared as an overview of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargo (IMSBC) Code and to assist the training of persons in the requirements and use of the Code. It should be of interest to ship’s officers, vessel operators, bulk terminal operators, stevedores, ship agents, surveyors and others in the maritime/bulk cargo field.

Other Courses / Materials from NCB

  • Training Guide on the requirements, format and use of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code: This training guide has been prepared as an overview of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargo (IMSBC) Code and to assist the training of persons in the requirements and use of the Code. It should be of interest to ship’s officers, vessel operators, bulk terminal operators, stevedores, ship agents, surveyors and others in the maritime/bulk cargo field.

LAST UPDATED ON Mar 05, 2018

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