Antwerp, 27 & 28 June 2019


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  • Course name Masterclass - Maritime Transport of Steel – From Steel Mill to Receiver
  • Training objective Acquiring general knowledge about transport of steel cargoes and related issues; such as manufacturing process of steel, pre-loading condition & inspection of steel products, hatch cover basics and hatch cover testing, cargoworthiness issues, clausing of M/R – B/L, loading and stowing of steel cargoes as well as loss mitigation
  • Prerequisites Familiar with the English language, both spoken and written
  • Duration 2 days
  • Trainers Walter Vervloesem
  • Course format Powerpoint – DVD/video – practical training on site - workshops
  • Course language English
  • Supporting information Course syllabus
  • Pre-course training No specific course preparation/pre-training from delegates required
  • Max. number of delegates 12
  • Target group/delegate profile Inspectors, surveyors, cargo superintendents, brokers/underwriters, claims handlers
  • Venue Hilton Old Town
    Groenplaats 32
    2000 Antwerp - Belgium
    Transport to/from the ArcelorMittal steel plant (Gent) will be arranged at no extra cost
  • Cost Public training : 1050 EUR/person (excl. VAT)

    How to obtain a 20 % discount :
    Book multiple participants of the same company for the same course organized at the same date.
    From the second participant on we deduct 20 %.

    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.

    In-house training : organised at lump-sum cost in function of number of candidates and location of the training. For details please contact us on training@imcs.be.
  • Certification An IMCS Training Academy certificate + a certificate of Continuous Professional Development of the Nautical Institute will be issued at the end of the course
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  • 08.00 – 08.30 registration/morning coffee
  • 08.30 about steel - an introduction to the steel trade
    • what is steel ?
    • manufacturing process
    • steel categories
      • hot rolled/cold rolled steel
      • packed/unpacked steel
      • finished/semi-finished steel products
    • risks involved in the steel trade
  • transporting steel - from factory to end user
    • logistic chain
    • chartering process
    • ship types & shipping routes
    • selecting the appropriate port(s)
  • 10.15 – 10.45 coffee break
  • 10.45 transporting steel (cntd) - from factory to end user

    documents (B/L – M/R – LOC – LOI – LOP – LOA – manifest – freight)

  • 11.15 understanding Incoterms

    FOB, CIF, CNF, DES, CPT and responsibilities

  • 11.45 marine insurance

    presentation by Marsh Marine

  • 12.15 – 13.00 lunch
  • 13.00 – 18.00 visit to the ArcelorMittal steel plant (Gent)
    • welcome & registration, followed by an introductory presentation of ArcelorMittal Gent and the production movie
    • bus tour and visit of the installation (continuous casting line, hot strip mill, cold rolling mill, hot dip galvanising lines Sidgal, ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks Gent – changes possible due to production stops)
    • end of the visit, followed by a drink
  • 18.00 end of day 1

    networking & dinner (sponsored by the IMCS Training Academy)

  • 08.30 registration/morning coffee
  • 09.00 – 10.15 familiarizing with steel products

    frequently shipped steel products, their use and frequently seen damages (and mitigation of damage)

  • loading steel products

    items to be considered :

    • at the load port
    • the loaded voyage
    • at the discharge port
  • 10.15 – 10.45 coffee break
  • 10.45 – 12.15 loading steel products (cntd)
    • steel pre-loading surveys
    • appropriate clauses for wetting/rust and mechanical damages
    • loading, stowing and securing steel products
  • 12.15 – 13.00 lunch
  • 13.00 – 15.30 cargoworthiness issues
    • rules & regulations
    • seaworthiness & cargoworthiness
    • weathertightness & watertightness
    • wetting damage to cargoes
    • hatch covers : history & design
  • 15.30 – 16.00 coffee break
  • 16.00 – 17.00 hatch covers

    understanding hatch covers

  • 17.00 - 18.00 tests for cargoworthiness
    • ultrasonic testing – the basics (DVD)
    • visual hatch cover inspection – key items (DVD)
    • bilge suction – bilge backflow
    • ballast tank pressure test
    • silvernitrate test
  • 18.00 - … exploring Antwerp

    guided tour through the historical city of Antwerp, combined with walking dinner (sponsored by the IMCS Training Academy)

  • 08.30 registration/morning coffee
  • 09.00 – 12.00 visit to a steel terminal
    • practical exercise
    • familiarizing with different types of steel products
    • understanding steel condition clauses
    • stevedore’s loading gear
    • visit on board – checking stowage – hatch covers
  • 12.00 – 13.30 lunch
    • lunch
    • issuing of certificates
    • debriefing and closing
  • 13.30 end of course
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