Ballast Water Management (BWM)

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The BWM regulations require foreign and domestic flag vessels to abide by the BW discharge standards in the US waters. Coast Guard will check BWM activities and procedures on board for reporting and recordkeeping and check for its timeliness, accuracy, and completeness. The ship's BWM plan includes crew training to be validated during the vessel and port state inspections.


This course is designed to provide sufficient knowledge and understanding of the ballast water management regulations and operational compliances, required under the US laws and the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) adopted in February of 2004 that entered into force in September of 2017. Candidates who successful completion of the course will meet the competency and training requirements of 33 CFR 151, Subpart C and Subpart D, for ballast water management applicable to merchant marine professionals working in US waters and in the Deepsea.

The course covers the impact of uncontrolled ballast water admissions into restricted waters, and systems and technologies available to control such releases. The candidates will also learn the operational aspects of recordkeeping and maintenance of the BWMS when onboard.

Course Topics:

  1. BWMC 2004
  2. Ballast Water Management Plan
  3. Ballast Water Reporting Requirements
  4. Ballast Water System and Energy Efficiency
  5. BW Treatment Technologies
  6. Ballast Water Treatment methods on board
  7. Selection of BWTT systems on board
  8. BW Compliance monitoring and testing
  9. Updates on USCG BWM Requirements
  10. The BWM- current issues and challenges
  11. U.S. Requirements
  12. Referencing US-BWM regulations- Important Extracts
The Benefits of ECM’s Online Courses:

  • Flexible course enrollment
  • Interactive online program proctored by industry experts
  • Affordable and convenient with volume license discounts for corporate customers
  • Certificate of achievement issued by ECM Training Services upon successful program completion

Upon registration, courses are conveniently accessible online for condidates to participate at their own pace and on their own schedule