An excellent video training officially provided by Walport International and covering the key points of the management and particularly treatment of the ballast water. We are all aware of the IMO requirement of "ninety-five percent volumetric exchange" of the ballast water in the ocean - and there are three IMO approved ways in which requirement can be met.

First, by the "sequential" method - here, the ballast tank is first emptied, and then it is filled with replacement ballast water. The second method is called the "flow-through" method - here, they pump the water into the ballast tank and allow it to overflow; note that pumping through three times the tank's volume is considered to meet that ninety-five percent target of exchanged water. Third - the "dilution" method - in this one, a constant level of water in the ballast tank is maintained while water is both pumped in at the top and simultaneously discharged from the bottom. Again, three times a tank volume is usually considered sufficient to meet IMO standards.

The IMO BWM Convention addressing the issues of management and control of ballast water provides captains with another option - on board treatment of the ballast water. Filter out those bio-stowaways with some other IMO approved treatment system and you can forget about ballast water exchange. Maybe, but not yet... The system is still coming and it is getting closer, and what it means is that in some ten years the ballast exchange will be a thing of the past... A very good supplementary material for training of crew members and all people involved in the BWM, i.e. ballast water management.

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Bunkering Best Practices

   Bunkering Best Practices - Protecting People and the Environment. This training video film has been prepared by the Pacific States/British Columba Oil Spill Task Force. The Task Force was formed to protect fifty six thousand miles of sensitive shore line along the coasts of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii. A single oil spill can cause millions of dollars expenses in cleanup expenses and provoke harsh regulatory responses...

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Marpol Annex I Prevention of Pollution by Oil

   This training video was released by Videotel Production in association with The Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association. It briefly explains the major aspects of the Annex I to the IMO Convenrtion Marine Pollution Prevention addressing the oil pollution prevention.

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Ballast water management
   In recent years, the improved efficiency in shipping industry has been accompanied with greater attention to safety and environmental responsibility. But, while pollution regulations have been tightened and more strictly enforced, another very serious problem has become evident - ballast water. In some circumstances, ballast water can carry diseases, microscopic organisms from one part of the world to another. This may also have led to the spread of deadly to human pathogens. So, ballast water management programs are being introduced to try to prevent this.

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Nitriles - Safety for Maritime Operations
   On March 13th, 1989 a Liberian chemical tanker had a massive explosion and fire near the coast of Central Japan. The tanker was carrying 25700 tons of chemicals, including 7000 tons of highly toxic acrylonitrile and various amounts of caustic soda and methanole. The explosion was of such a magnitude that the ship's crew was not able to send a distress signal. Fire and rescue teams could not board the ship due to toxic gases, fire, and continuing explosions. The tanker burned for five days before sinking. All 23 crew members were killed... The safe handling of nitriles is critically important to everyone involved in nitriles operations. The health effects associated with the explosion of these chemicals are very severe and possibly life threatening. However, we can limit or eliminate the risk if we are aware of the factors that lead to unsafe conditions.
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Marpol Annex VI Prevention of Air Pollution From Ships
   Industrialization has brought many benefits to our planet. Even in the remotest corners mechanization is introducing change, new wells deliver plentiful fresh water, low cost machines improve productivity and help farmers, and mains electricity is providing opportunities that once were only available to the very rich. For an increasing number of people, technology is creating a better world. But, there is a cost. Man made atmospheric emissions damage the Earth. The wide spread use of fossil fuels, coal, and petroleum products comes at a price...

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Waste and Garbage Management
   This video should be viewed as part of the Garbage Management training required by MARPOL 73/78. Use it in conjunction with your own Garbage Management Manual.
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Dangerous Goods at Sea
   In 1965 the International Maritime Organization adopted the first version of the IMDG Code to reflect the UN recommendations on the transportation of dangerous goods as they applied to shipping. Since then, ships have carried dangerous goods safely, day after day, week after week, and those managing that transport from manufacturer to end user have complied with the IMDG Code with safety and efficiency. As a result, the number of emergency incidents arising from carriage of dangerous goods by sea, has greatly reduced.
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