Antwerp, 21 & 22 March 2024

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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.
  • 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 2023-10-10
  • Venue Hilton Old Town
    Groenplaats 32
    2000 Antwerp - Belgium
  • Cost Public training : 1150 EUR/person (excl. VAT)
    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
    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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