This course proposes a set of simulation scenarios as a material for simulation trainers or instructors to train and demonstrate seafarers’ competence in accordance with the provisions of the STCW Code. 


In this final Module 3, we present how ballast water samples can be analyzed. This can either be done to prove (non)-compliance with the D-1 (Lesson 1) or D-2 Standards (Lessons 2 and 3). 

Although indicative analyses for D-2 will be performed prior to detailed analyses, we begin with an explanation of the D-2 standard (Lecture 2a) and detailed analysis (Lecture 2b) to familiarize students with the IMO terminology, ballast water biology and laboratory techniques. These two lectures (2a and 2b) provide in-depth knowledge on measuring compliance with D-2. Lecture 3 will then finish Module 3 with indicative analysis and is more relevant for those who only need or want to have knowledge of the practical matters for rapid indicative analyses, such as Port State Control officers.

At the end of this module, you will know the differences between the D-1 and D-2 Ballast Water Performance Standards as well as the differences between detailed and indicative analysis in goal, techniques and results.


This Module starts by introducing the BWM Convention sampling aspects and will demonstrate how samples should be taken on board of a vessel to proof compliance with the standards in Regulations D-1 and D-2. The difference between in-line and in-tank as well as indicative and detailed sampling is explained. Also sample labelling, transport and handling are addressed. These lectures are addressed to Port State Control officers and/or scientists to provide guidance on practical compliance control sampling aspects as well as for on board indicative sample analysis.

For Module 2, Lecture 2 "D-1 and D-2 BWS methods and tools for CME” two presentations were prepared. Presentation 1 is a condensed version focusing on the methods and tools to be used without giving scientific information and reasoning for the method and tool selection. The latter is provided comprehensively in Presentations 2a and 2b. If your target is to become familiar with the recommended sampling methods and tools, you are advised to select Presentation 1. In case you are interested also to see the reasoning for the method and tool selection, it is recommended that you choose Presentation 2a and 2b, which also includes all information provided in Presentation 1.


Ships need ballast water for their stability, maneuverability and safety. The down-side to ballast water is that it contains bacteria, algae and animals from the place of its intake. These microscopic organisms may be introduced at the port of ballast water discharge where they may cause devastating harm to the local ecosystem, economy and human health. With continued growth of shipping traffic, the probability increases that such organisms survive the transport in ballast water. In this way, numerous aquatic species have become invasive species and established populations in new areas.

The general objective of this course is to enhance your cultural awareness. Upon completion of this module you will:

➢ Have an idea of what CSR is

➢ Understand that our behaviour is motivated by our beliefs, values and cultural awareness;

➢ Understand the customs of other cultures; 

➢ Understand the aspects of cultural awareness among shipping crews

➢ Recognize how differences in culture can have an impact on safety on board

➢ Be able to solve conflicts found in cultural diverse crews 


This course proposes a set of simulation scenarios as a material for simulation trainers or instructors to train and demonstrate seafarers’ competence in accordance with the provisions of the STCW Code.