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  • Course name SDT/IMCS Ultrasonic Hatch Cover Testing Course (Level 1)
    organised by the IMCS Training Academy in cooperation with SDT International
  • Training objective Preparing operators of SDT ultrasonic tightness testing equipment to carry out tightness inspections in line with good industry practice and IACS UR Z17 requirements for class service suppliers - this requires delegates to have basic knowledge about hatch covers, their maintenance, operation, repairs as well as theoretical and practical training with SDT class type approved equipment.

    Read the Lloyd’s List article – "Problem of leaking hatch covers adds to cargo loss claims"
  • Prerequisites Familiar with the English language, both spoken and written
  • Duration 2 days
  • Trainer Walter Vervloesem (FNI)
  • Course format Powerpoint – DVD/video – practical training - workshops
  • Course language English
  • Supporting information Course syllabus + book “Hatch Cover Inspections” by W. Vervloesem (FNI), published by the Nautical Institute
  • Pre-course training Preferably have experience with shipping, ship and/or hatch cover inspections; pre-course training available in the form of an IMCS CBT
  • Max. number of delegates 12
  • Target group/delegate profile Inspectors, surveyors, superintendents, hatch cover repair personnel, shipyard personnel, ship’s staff, ...
  • Certification Upon completion of the complete course and examination, each successful participant will receive a certificate of “Operator qualified for ultrasonic hatch cover tightness testing with SDT Class Type Approved Equipment” as well as a Certificate of Attendance from the IMCS Training Academy and a CPD Certificate of the Nautical Institute.

    Certified operators list - upd 2024-04-05
  • Venue IMCS Training Academy BV
    Noorderlaan 79
    2030 Antwerp (Belgium)
  • Cost Public training : unless otherwise mentioned on the (pro-forma) invoice, the full amount of the (pro-forma) invoice is payable prior to the course’s start date.
    All local bank charges are for delegate’s account.

    In-house training : organized at lump-sum cost in function of number of candidates and location of the training.
  • KMO Portefeuille / SME e-wallet Only for companies in the Flemish region : save upto 30% on your training cost - registration number DV.O247789
  • Registration Please fill out the registration form or send an email with the participant’s name, company details, email address and mobile phone number to training@imcs.be
    Registrations are made on a first entered (and paid), first booked basis.
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  • all day Ultrasonic training module
    • principles of sound & ultrasound
    • familiarization with the SDT Hatchecker and its applications
    • using Class type approved ultrasonic testing material (Hatchecker) for tightness testing on board
    • practical exercises
    • using the SDT Sherlog Reporter and SDT Sherlog Reporter App
  • all day Hatch Cover training module
    • applicable rules and conventions
    • claims as a result of wetting damage
    • hatch cover history
    • understanding hatch covers
    • hatch cover types
    • hatch cover key items
    • hatch cover safety
    • hatch cover sealants
    • items to be checked before testing
    • different testing methods, advantages & drawbacks hatch cover vocabulary
    • evaluation of ultrasonic test results
    • workshop (PP based) on hatch cover defects, problems and good practice
    • examination
    • evaluation of exam.
    • course debriefing and closing
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