Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Maritime Education & Training


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Wardelmann, Hubert.


The International Maritime Organization, IMO, is the specialized agency of the United Nations for the marine mode of transport. IMO has a wide range of activities concerning the safety of life at sea, among them is the transport of dangerous goods in packaged form. The organization has issued regulations, recommendations and codes of safe practices in order to ensure the safety of life at sea and protection of the marine environment. These rules are divided into technical requirements and statutes. IMO has recognized that maritime training and education is the backbone for improving safety. As a result of this, Annex-2 of Resolution A.537(13) was adopted on November 17, 1983 (Recommendation on Training of Officers and Ratings Responsible for Cargo Handling on Ships Carrying Dangerous Goods and Hazardous Substances in Packaged Form). The introduction of Resolution A.537(13) is a positive step to reduce the risks and to increase the safety in the transport of dangerous goods. The senior personnel involved in the transport of dangerous goods in packaged form are the decision-makers and they are responsible for the performance of their employee. It is necessary that the interface between the various sectors of the industry should be clearly defined so that all senior personnel will understand the duties and the responsibilities of the other sectors. Additional training and education will improve their ability and increase their knowledge. The objective of this thesis was to make proposal for a standard course for senior personnel involved in the transport of dangerous goods by the marine mode.