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Ballast Water Management: National US requirements are already in force

Bearing this in mind ship owners should now get familiar with what is stated in the convention and find out what needs to be implemented and which investments in new technology and crew training may be required in order to be in compliance.

With the course "Ballast Water Management" Maritime Academy informs participants about the current status of regulations and the technical solutions that will enable them to comply with the Ballast Water Management Convention when it comes into force.

After an overview of the environmental and economic problems caused by untreated ballast water (e.g. the spread of invasive species), all aspects of the Convention and important national regulations will be presented. Solutions complying with current and near-term regulations are illustrated for modern cargo vessels.

The participants will then learn more about the two alternatives for ballast water management, exchange & treatment, and be introduced to various procedures. Practical aspects, such as the retrofitting of ships in service with treatment plants, sampling & analysis of treated ballast water, and class requirements and approval matters, will also be covered.

Participants will also be informed about further regulations to come and acquire fundamental knowledge to make decisions on a case-by-case basis for their own fleet.

For more information please feel free to contact your local Academy.