Online training on the operational aspects of ballast water management is available via the GloBallast Partnership Programme website. The four-module course combines text and video information with multiple-choice questions to lead students through the Introduction and on to Operational Aspects, Survey and Certification, and finally Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement.
Each module provides important facts to develop its users’ knowledge of ballast water management and finally uses hypothetical scenarios to put this new knowledge into practice.
The course can be completed online or can be downloaded for use offline, which would be useful for seafarers who may not always have internet access on board ships.
BWTT’s editor, Paul Gunton, successfully completed the first module and learned something new. “I was not familiar with the Convention on Biological Diversity until I completed this module,” he said.
• To access the courses go to http://globallastlearning.com/login/index.php and register a username and password.