To reduce the risk of organism introductions IMO adopted the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments in 2004 (BWMC). The Convention will enter into force 12 months after ratification by 30 IMO Member States, representing 35% of world merchant shipping tonnage.
As of December 2014, 43 States had ratified the Convention for a total tonnage of 32.54 and it is expected that the Convention will soon enter into force. Prior to implementation, it is crucial that the maritime sector understands the latest Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement (CME) developments for the BWMC ballast water management standards and applications.
The aim of the e-CME Ballast Water project is to ensure that all North Sea Region countries are ready to perform CME in agreement with the BWMC when it enters into force.
To that end, the e-CME Ballast Water project is providing two-day, free courses during the spring of 2015 that cover Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement of the BWMC. The free courses will take place 3-4 and 5-6 March at NIOZ in the Netherlands, and 18-19 and 20-21 May at WMU in Malmö. Participants must pay their own travel and lodging. Registration is limited to 10 people in each course. After June 2015, a non-instructor led, independent study, e-learning course will be available free of charge. The instructor-led course will remain available at NIOZ for a fee.
The course is designed specifically for Port State Control officers, maritime administrations, ship crew, and maritime university students. Visit e-cmeballastwater.eu to register.