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The IMO Ballast Water Management Convention (2004) has been ratified and requires all ships to implement a ballast water management system. It involves an environmental responsibility for the shipping industry to put measures in place to avoid pollution through the transfer of non-indigenous bio species from one area of the world to another in the ship’s water ballast.

This new two-day course is structured to provide industry professionals with an appreciation of the requirements and challenges associated with ballast water management, and covers the well-publicised core issues of the problem of transporting invasive species in ships' ballast water. The course will ensure that company and organisations officials are better prepared to implement and monitor the Convention.

The Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention (2004) is the eventual solution (in addition to some regional enforcement measures), and this course takes delegates through the Convention requirements, leading to streamlining the planning required for the implementation and monitoring of these requirements. The course also provides an outline of the main principles - and pitfalls - of the treatment technologies available for installation and use, as well as the issues of installation and retrofitting.

In addition, the course provides an overview of the key monitoring and compliance checks that will be conducted by enforcement authorities to ensure that vessels comply with the Convention requirements. Foreign and regional regulations are also likely to be in force alongside the Convention requirements, and the course covers the main foreign legislation and the key differences.

Day one

  • Background - review the key issues associated with ballast water transfer internationally and how transported species have affected many local habitats and resulted in spread of disease.
  • Ballast water exchange and hazards - assess the significant operational and safety issues associated with exchanging ballast water in open sea. 
  • GloBallast - clarify the role of GloBallast. 
  • Summary of treatment technologies - review the operational matters of the key treatment technologies available. 
  • Key principles of BWM Convention - what does the Convention require and what changes had to be made even prior to implementation of the Convention.
  • Treatment technology approvals - outline the processes involved in the approval of the treatment technologies.
  • Individual nation’s response - we discuss the significant individual nations who have taken their own action, in addition to the convention requirements. 
  • Implementation schedules - outline the schedule of implementation and national legislation of the convention.

Day two

  • Administration of BWM - we outline respective roles and responsibilities towards ballast water management at ship, company, flag and port state level, as well as class and other professional bodies.
  • Active substances - covers the use of chemical and other agents for control of microbes and pathogens.
  • Filtration - review the methods of blocked access at entry point and specialist filters.
  • Port State Control of BWM - we address the questions on what the port state will be looking for? and how the compliance will be checked. 
  • Installation, retrofitting and surveys - we cover the key issues of installation and retrofitting of treatment units.
  • Sampling and monitoring - the issues and procedures required to collect samples
  • Non-active substances - we cover passive treatment substances and discuss issues with their use.
  • BW risk assessment - outline the processes and risks associated from exchange to treatment.

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at professionals within the industry who have positions within:

  • Shipping companies, ship managements and superintendents
  • Sea-going officers and engineers: Master, Chief Engineer, Chief Officer
  • Maritime administrations, flag state administrations, port state control administrations - surveyors and Inspectors
  • Legal aid teams and maritime law experts
  • Enforcement agencies: operators and managers
  • Terminal: operators and managers
  • Vetting inspectors
  • Parties with concerns about environmental Issues: officers or managers
  • Students (graduate or post graduate) studying environmental protection, marine biology or coastal erosion
  • Anyone else with an interest in the subject matter

What our students say 

  • "An informative and highly useful course that gives the student a good footing into this developing subject. I thoroughly recommend this course to anyone in the industry seeking to understand this subject or investing in this technology". February 2017
  • "A very well balanced and informative course. We were able to amend our procedures in time before going to print as we were learning things. This course has allowed us to set up job descriptions that we had not even considered". February 2017

 

How to book

IMPORTANT NOTICE: our online booking system is temporarily unavailable - we are working to fix this and hope to have it back up and running as soon as possible. If you wish to book on this course, please contact the admissions team by email: wma.training@solent.ac.uk. We apologise for any inconvenience in the meantime.

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course:

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5004 
Email: wma.training@solent.ac.uk

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

Please be aware that online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

Please ensure that you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email wma.training@solent.ac.uk.

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Teaching methods

Classroom-based

Prerequisites

None

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