NCB Hazmat and Cargo Training safety of Life and Cargo at Sea

Welcome to the National Cargo Bureau’s Online Training

The National Cargo Bureau was created by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1952 as a not-for-profit company with the mission of Safety of Life and Cargo at Sea. All of our training courses are developed to provide students with the knowledge necessary to advance safety and to comply with regulatory requirements where applicable.

Upon successful completion, candidates will be able to download and/or print their NCB Certificate of Training

Available Courses

Hazardous Materials / Dangerous Goods

Our Hazardous Materials / Dangerous Goods Courses are based on the latest regulatory requirements and are designed to assist hazmat / dangerous goods employees in obtaining and/or maintaining their certification in accordance with the IMDG Code and/or U.S. 49CFR training requirements for international intermodal shipments.

Upon successful completion of each course students may download and/or print their NCB Certificate of Training.

Our certificates can be used by employers to help meet the documentation and certification provisions under the regulations for their Hazmat/Dangerous Goods employees.

Marine Terminal General Awareness Hazmat/Dangerous Goods Recognition Training Courses

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. The courses are based on the hazard communication requirements of the IMDG Code, inclusive of additional U.S. 49CFR requirements for international intermodal shipments, and provides an introduction to the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of hazard communication for labels and Safety Data Sheets or SDS's  (formally Material Safety Data Sheets - MSDS's). These courses provide an overview of hazard classes, and hazard recognition for documentation, marking, labeling, placarding, and emergency response.

Course Duration: Approximately 30 minutes

Fee: $25.00 USD

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Bulk Cargoes

International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code

The IMSBC Code entered into force on 1 January 2011, replacing the former Code of Safe Practice for Solid Bulk Cargoes (BC Code). The requirements of this Code are mandatory under the provision of the SOLAS  Convention.

The prime hazards associated with the shipment of solid bulk cargoes by vessel are those relating to structural damage due to improper cargo distribution, loss or reduction of stability during a voyage and chemical reactions of cargoes. The primary aim of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC Code) is to facilitate the safe stowage and shipment of solid bulk cargoes by providing information on the dangers associated with certain cargoes and instructions on the procedures to be adopted when loading such cargoes.

Appendix 1 of the Code (the individual schedules) lists, alphabetically, most of the solid bulk cargoes presently being transported in commerce by vessel.

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.

The course is based on 2013 Edition of the IMSBC Code, incorporating Amendment 02-13 and a copy of the IMSBC Code is required to follow and complete this guide. We can supply a copy of the IMSBC Code, if required, for $75.00 + Shipping.

The course is composed of an introduction and 5 Modules, each with multiple choice questions. On completion of the course, with a satisfactory pass grade (70% or better) a completion certificate will be issued.

Course Duration:   Approximately 6 hours

Fee:  $75 USD

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Stability for Fishermen

This is an on-line version of National Cargo Bureau’s U.S. Coast Guard-approved Stability for Fishermen course (NATCAR-472).

It is intended primarily for Skippers of commercial fishing vessels, although it may also be of benefit to others in the fishing industry concerned with safe fishing vessel operation.

The course comprises eight modules, each with a series of multiple-choice questions.  Upon completion of the course with a satisfactory grade (80% or better), a certificate will be issued.

Satisfactory completion of the course will provide documentation of compliance with the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Advisory Committee (CFIVSAC) and USCG recommendations that persons in charge of commercial fishing vessels receive stability training.

Fee:  $100 USD

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