IMO launches BWM tools

07 May 2015

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has launched a new online learning portal with free online tools to help with the implementation of the BWM Convention.

The portal's Operational Aspects of Ballast Water Management (BWM) course was launched by the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships Programme. The free learning portal gives access to an online resource library and to the e-learning course. It will also have the facility to host free webinars related to BWM in the near future.

This new e-learning course is based on the GloBallast Advanced Training Course and is aimed at all stakeholders who will have to deal with operational aspects of ballast water management, such as Port State Control Officers (PSCOs), but also seafarers, and all crew on board a ship. It contains four module: introduction, operational aspects, survey and certification, and compliance monitoring and enforcement (CME). In each module, the user will explore the issue in the context of the objective of the module, discover key facts to build on the users existing knowledge on BWM and use carefully designed hypothetical scenarios to put this new knowledge into practice. 

Users can also download the e-learning course for free so it can be used offline at a later stage – a useful option for seafarers who may not always have internet access on board ships.

The GIA is the public-private sector partnership developed by the GloBallast Project with the shipping and the shipbuilding industries to help identify solutions to address some of the common challenges faced by the industry, including technological training and capacity-building challenges.

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