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Dangerous Goods & transport training and consultancy

In the UK, the carriage of Dangerous Goods by inland waterway is subject to the Dangerous Substances in Harbour Areas Regulations 1987, or British Waterways by-laws. The amount of such goods moved by this mode within the UK is small. What movement there is tends to be petroleum products, and is centred on the Thames, Trent and Humber waterways.

ADN (L'Accord europeen relatif au transport international des merchandises Dangereuses par voies de Navigation interieures) is the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways. It was adopted in May 2000 by a Diplomatic Conference held in Geneva, and entered in to force on 29th February 2008.

The ADN is to water transport what ADR is to road.

It is important to note the distinction between open sea transport (which is IMO's responsibility, the IMDG Code) and inland waterways (such as the rivers Rhine, Rhone, Waal, Danube, etc).

The two-volume ADN manuals explain all the exceptions and particulairities concerning the shipping procedures and preparations, documents, etc. Under the agreement, all European countries agree to adhere to the same methods of training, control and activities of security agents in this field. But, as the UK has no international inland waterways, it is not a signatory to the agreement, and ADN is therefore not used here.

ADN only applies in the UK in relation to the training and examination system for safety advisers and the connected issuing and renewal of vocational training certificates. It does not apply to the carriage of dangerous goods by inland waterways within the UK, as there is no physical connection between them and the European inland waterways.