Ballast Water Management Convention Analysis

The use of ballast water management systems to prevent the build-up and spread of harmful organisms is of critical importance to the marine environment.


Learn the requirements and gain the knowledge required for effective implementation of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention through our BWM Convention Analysis course.


This course offers participants a thorough understanding of the BWM Convention, its importance, and the treatment systems used.


Aims & Objectives
  • Explain the BWM Convention and systems and emphasise the importance of using such systems
  • Deliver a clear understanding of planning, implementation and monitoring requirements of BWMC
  • Provide a synopsis of the key considerations and practices used


Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this course you will be able to:

  • Have knowledge of the main requirements of BWMC and its importance
  • Recognize BWM treatment technologies
  • Identify ballast water management practices
  • Know the regulations and aspects to be considered for a BWMP
  • Implement BWMP taking into account the design & operational limitations


Who should attend?
  • Shore staff involved in planning compliance with the ballast water management legislation
  • Crew members
  • Anyone responsible for the BWM plan implementation.


Prerequisite skills & knowledge: Basic knowledge on the basics of Ballast Water Management Convention
Available in-house/distant learning? Yes
Created by: LiberoAssurance Continuous Professional Development Training Centre Level 1 - Accredited by Univab


Part A: Introduction, Aquatic invasive species and BWMC
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)
  • What are AIS?
  • How they look like these AIS
  • Effect of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)
  • What are the AIS Threat
  • Examples for some AIS
  • AIS effects...
  • How AIS is transferred
International Convention For The Control And Management Of Ships’ Ballast Water
  • Ballast Water Management Convention History
  • The BWM Convention Now
  • The Convention and IMO requirements
  • BWMC and IMO Guidelines
  • Ships Subject to the Convention
  • BWMC requirements
  • Ballast water management options
  • Latest news for the BWMC
  • Enforcement timeline - New ships
  • Enforcement timeline – Existing ships Res A.1088(28)
  • Issuance BWM Certificate - prior entry into force
  • Revised Implementation Scheme


Part B: BWM Regulations and treatment solutions
Ballast Water Management Regulations
  • Overview
  • Ballast water exchange (BWE) D-1 standard
  • Ballast water exchange (BWE) D-1 standard / Sequential Method
  • Ballast water exchange (BWE) D-1 standard / Flow-Through Method
  • Ballast water exchange (BWE) D-1 standard / Dilution Method
  • Ballast water exchange (BWE) Evaluation of Methods
  • Effectiveness of Ballast water exchange (BWE)
  • Areas BWE could be carried out
  • Ballast Water Performance (regulation D-2)
  • Ballast Water Performance (regulation D-2) Treatment systems standards
  • Ballast Water Performance Treatment Technology Challenge
BWM treatment Technologies
  • BWM treatment Technologies – Filtration
  • BWM treatment Technologies – Hydrocyclones
  • BWM treatment Technologies – Ultraviolet Radiation
  • BWM treatment Technologies – Chemical Additions
  • BWM treatment Technologies – Deoxygenation
  • BWM treatment Technologies – Cavitation
  • BWM treatment Technologies – Electrolytic Chlorination
  • BWM treatment Technologies – Physical Methods
  • BWM treatment Technologies – Combined Methods
  • BWM treatment Technologies – Other Solutions
  • BWM treatment Technologies – Solutions and Comparison Cost
  • Approval of BWMS (regulation D – 3)


Part C: Surveys, Ballast operations, BWM Plan
BWM – Surveys
  • BWM – Initial Surveys
  • BWM – Periodical Surveys
Design and Operational Considerations
  • Ballast Operations – Typical Crude Oil Tanker
  • Ballast Operations – Typical Container Ballast System in Tanks
  • Ballast Operations – Typical Container Ballast System in E/R
Ballast Operations
  • Ballast water management practices
  • BWE Safety Issues - Sequential method
  • BWE Safety Issues - Flow Through Method
Ballast Water Management Plan (BWMP)
  • Ballast Water Management Plan – regulation B1
  • BWMP - What factors need to be considered?
  • BWMP – Steps
  • BWMP – why we need such plan ?
  • BWMP – Overview
  • BWMP – Proposed Contents
  • BWM – IMO Guidelines
  • BWM – IMO Guidelines and Resolutions
  • BWM – IMO Circulars
  • BWM – US Requirements
  • BWM – Useful Links
Summary of requirements
  • IMO BWM Implementation Plan
  • Current Situation
  • Summary of Standards
  • BWM Surveys


Exam & Certification
  • Exam on Ballast Water Management Convention Analysis
  • “Ballast Water Management Convention Analysis” Certificate
Teaching Methods
  • Detailed seminar presentations (available for download)
  • Terms and definitions
  • No. of slides: 162


  • Reading lists and resources available in presentations


Study time allocation
  • Private study hours: 20
  • Trainer contact hours: Availability and competence of instructors upon request
  • Enrolment duration: 90 days (starting from date of purchase)
  • CPD Points: 20
  • ECTS/ECVET Points: 0.7


Assessment methods


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Exam on Ballast Water Management Convention Analysis





Upon successful completion of the course assessment, participants will be issued with a ‘Certificate of Success’.





   100% Online course
   CPD Accredited eCertificate – Global acceptance
   Downloadable course material
   E-learning Mobile App
   Enrolment: 3 months
   Flexible schedule
   Language: English


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