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IRClass Academy and Singapore Nautical Institute (SNI)

deliver  Ballast Water Management Course in Singapore

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 on10/3/2017. 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 programs 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.