Training courses Dangerous goods officer:

Wasserschutzpolizei Hamburg
Dienststelle WSP 032, Zentralstelle für Gefahrgutüberwachung
Wilstorfer Str. 100
21073 Hamburg

Phone: + 49 40 42 86 - 65 471
Fax: + 49 40 42 86 - 65 473



Monitoring the transport of dangerous goods at sea:

Wasserschutzpolizei Niedersachsen
Zentrale Polizeidirektion
Neckarstraße 10
26382 Wilhelmshaven

Abteilung 2, Dezernat 24

Phone: + 49 4421 942-0
Fax: +49 4421 942-150



Wasserschutzpolizei Bremen
Direktion Wasserschutz- und Verkehrspolizei
Daniel-von-Büren-Str. 2b
28195 Bremen

Phone: +49 421 362-9824
Fax: + 49 421 362-9829



Wasserschutzpolizei Schleswig-Holstein
Landespolizeiamt Schleswig-Holstein
Mühlenweg 166
24106 Kiel

Abteilung 4, Dezernat 13

Phone: + 49 431 160 0
Fax: +49 431 988 644 1130



Wasserschutzpolizei Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Landeswasserschutzpolizeiamt Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Hohe Tannen 10
18196 Waldeck

Phone: + 49 38 208 88 73 111
Fax: +49 38 208 88 73 116



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Dangerous goods officer

Dangerous goods are the concern of the dangerous goods officer

A shipping company must appoint a dangerous goods officer when its sea-going fleet transports dangerous goods. This may be an appropriately qualified person either employed ashore by the shipping company or hired externally. The German "Industrie- und Handelskammern" (Chambers of Commerce and Industry) offer training courses for the training of dangerous goods officer.

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Training certificate required for masters and cargo officers

In addition to assigning a dangerous goods officer, the shipowner has to instruct his masters and cargo officers at least every 5 years about the requirements regarding dangerous goods. This instruction by the shipowner or by an external provider assigned by him is required according to section 4 paragraph 11 of the “Gefahrgutverordnung See” (GGVSee = maritime ordinance on dangerous goods). The shipowner has to document these instructions.

By way of exception, a separate instruction is not necessary if the captain’s or cargo officer’s final certificate of a maritime training institution – or an equivalent document – is not older than 5 years. The essential evidence is that the contents of teaching of the area of competence “carriage of dangerous goods” according to table A-II/2 of the STCW Code was taught.

Special training requirements for personnel on tankers

The required special tanker training has to be performed according to the internationally agreed standard and needs no additional national endorsement.

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Special training requirements for shore-based personnel

Shipping companies with shore-based personnel directly involved in cargo operations - e.g., accepting dangerous goods, preparing transport documents and preparing stowage plans for dangerous goods – must ensure that the employees are instructed in accordance with their responsibilities. Legal basis for the instruction obligation is section 4, paragraph 12 of the German Gefahrgutverordnung See (GGVSee = maritime ordinance on dangerous goods).

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