The course introduces the topic of biofouling management to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species, as recommended by the IMO 2011 Biofouling Management guidelines (MEPC.207(62)) and required regionally. After the course participants will be equipped to make better choices regarding antifouling products and hull management (inspection and cleaning) options.
Who should attend:
Superintendents, Fleet managers, Energy managers
Duration: 1 day, or two half days as a Virtual Online Training
The course explains the concept of biosecurity and highlights the threat from invasive aquatic species spread by shipping, the commonalities and differences to Ballast Water Management and to antifouling management for energy efficiency.
This is the starting point to look at IMO’s guidelines, which are reflected in regional mandatory requirements, for example, in Australia, New Zealand and California. Key elements of the guidelines and their background are discussed.
The mechanisms of various antifouling options are explained, as they imply different cleaning options. If not understood properly, mismatching of cleaning options may result in either penalties for inacceptable fouling or premature depletion of coatings. The focus here is on raising awareness about the different options and understanding the pros and cons of each, as well as empowering the individuals to delve deeper into topics of high personal interest that are touched on during the course.
Delivered in a brain-friendly, easy-to-understand style, participants will quickly come to terms with commonly used jargon in this field and be equipped to make better choices regarding coating and cleaning options for their vessels.
The course focuses on:
- The threat from invasive aquatic species
- IMO Guidelines on Biofouling Management & Cleaning
- Antifouling options
- In-water cleaning