Mumbai, 23rd March 2017
Indian Register of Shipping’s training arm, IRClass Academy, in association with the Singapore Nautical Institute, delivered a training course on Ballast Water Management in Singapore earlier this month (March).
Conducted by IRClass’ Joint Managing Director, Mr. Vijay Arora, the course was designed to equip attendees with a better understanding of the requirements of Ballast Water Management Convention set to enter into force on 8th September 2017.
The Ballast Water Management Convention, adopted in 2004, aims to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic organisms from one region to another, by establishing standards and procedures for the management, and control of ships' ballast water and sediments. Under the Convention, ships trading in international waters will need to ensure they are fitted with an approved on-board ballast water treatment system.
With the cost of installing a ballast water treatment system relatively significant for many owners, and in an effort to improve the state of the shipping industry, IRClass believes it is imperative that owners and managers have a clear and holistic understanding of the Convention along with its implications. IRClass aims to create awareness amongst all stakeholders in the implementation process.
The course was well-attended by representatives from various prominent shipping and maritime organizations in Southeast Asia, and according to Mr. Arora, IRClass Academy will continue to be active in conducting cost-effective training programmes on the Ballast Water Management Convention.
He added: “I was heartened by the turnout, and as we are getting closer to the implementation date of the Convention, owners and managers would benefit from having more than just a surface understanding of the convention – and I conduct the course with a simple and lucid delivery.”
The training course took place at the Singapore Recreation Club on Friday, 10 March 2017, from 9am to 4pm.