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Marine Safety Awareness Courses (circa 2004)
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On a day-to-day basis, large groups of people work professionally at sea: the ‘marine professionals’. For this group of people the sea is especially important but due to commercial pressures the environment has not always had the highest priority. However due to the significant impact shipping can have on the environment marine professionals have a special responsibility to deal with the sea inPROSea Maritime Safety Training Day a sustainable way.

To be able to deal with the sea in a responsible way, it is very important to understand sufficiently how the sea ‘works’, what the vulnerabilities are and how our activities affect the sea. Also it is important to know what sector, company or individual can do to ‘work’ with the sea sustainably. The objective of an International Marine Awareness Course is to provide this information. 

International Co-operation

ProSea have been organising Marine Awareness Courses in the Netherlands and Denmark since 1999. Now, as a sub-partner of KIMO in the EU-Save the North Sea (STNS) project, ProSea has the opportunity to schedule 2 international courses for fall 2004: one in Gothenburg, Sweden, and one on the island of Texel, the Netherlands. The Save the North Sea project’s main goal is to reduce marine litter in the North Sea, an issue that will also be addressed during the course. 

The courses in Autumn 2004 will be organised in close co-operation with our network of partners (STNS/KIMO, NIOZ, Ecomare, a.o.) and Maritime Educational Institutes (Chalmers University –S-, Skagen Skipperskole and MARTEC –DK-, Hogeschool Zeeland and TU-Delft -NL-, a.o.). 

Course objectives

  • To provide high quality information on the marine environment to the maritime sector. The assumption is that a better understanding leads to more sustainable choices in the day-to-day shipping practice; 
  • To put this information in the context of Sustainable Development and Shipping; 
  • To bring together an international group of marine professionals and students to think, discuss and work together and to contribute to the development of an international network for Sustainable Shipping.

Course benefits 

Besides the general opinion that the Marine Awareness course is a rewarding experience, attending the course offers added value: 

  • By the understanding gained during the course it becomes easier to understand existing regulations and to foresee new regulations; 
  • The course provides marine officers with the information to motivate the crews to adhere to environmental regulations; Det Norske Veritas declared that the ProSea Awareness Course meets the ISO-14001 training requirement (article 4.4.2a and c); 
  • The course helps stimulate the participants’ and Company’s sustainability performance. Sustainable shipping is an important factor in the image of shipping companies in an increasing number of countries world wide; 
  • With personnel, sufficiently trained in environmental/sustainable development, a ship owner is well prepared for the future; 
  • All participants will receive a ‘Certificate of participation’.

Students on the courseTarget Groups  

The course has been developed for and will be useful to a large variety of international marine professionals: students at Naval Colleges, ship owners, shipping management staff (aboard the ship or onshore), ISM designated persons, policy makers, maritime inspectors and NGO’s. 

Course elements

Key note address by representative international maritime sector
Sample of lectures:

Marine ecology (Prof. C. Richardson, Univ. Arhus)
Ballast water (Mr. S. Raaymakers, IMO Globallast Group)
Marine litter and shipping waste (Dr. J.A. van Franeker)
Anti fouling (Mr. C.S. Rordam, Hempel)
Atmospheric emissions (Prof. Dr. Ir. H. de Baar, NIOZ)
Discharges and marine toxicology/chemistry (Dr. K. Booy, NIOZ)
The ship owners view  (Mrs. L. Blomqvist, Wallenius Wilhelmsen)  

Outdoor program: mud flat excursion (NL), sea bottom research (S), port reception facilities (S), trip by fishery boat (NL), harbor excursion by boat (S)

Workshop ‘Café Meetings’: Q&A session to exchange information and ideas directly with industry experts in small groups

Workshops on Sustainable Shipping: issues & solutions
Media discussion on image, values and acceptance by Society


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