The Liberian Registry, the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), ProSea Marine Education, and Maritime Training Services (MTS) of Seattle, Washington, cooperated to develop a marine environmental awareness training program for seafarers and staff working shoreside.
The program is computer based and provides an overview of the marine environment, explaining how it can be affected by shipping waste, discharge and spills. It also regards marine ecology, environmental compliance plans, sustainable shipping and how humans act in relation to pollution prevention. It also provides an overview of MARPOL regulations and other relevant IMO conventions, outlining the importance of regulatory compliance.
This training can be used by anyone who is interested in protecting the marine environment. It is based on the IMO model course 1.38 and meets with the requirements of STCW Chapter VI.
A special qualification (SQ) certificate in Basic Environmental Awareness will be issued to anyone who successfully completes the course and submits an application and training certificate. Seafarers will get an SQ sticker for their Seafarer’s Identification & Record Books, while shoreside staff and cruise ship crewmembers will get an SQ card.