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Ballast Water Management


The use of ballast water on a ship is required for safe and efficient operations, but aquatic invasive species (AIS) that are contained in ballast water can be detrimental to the maritime environment. BWM requirements can be very complicated and violations can waste company resources from resulting fines and vessel delays.

This training course provides an overview of the various invasive species that have caused damage throughout the world and the details the efforts by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to reduce the spread of AIS.

The general objective of this course, divided in 2 sessions, is to provide an overview of

  • the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention and
  • U.S. ballast water regulatory requirements and enforcement programs, ballast water management practices and recordkeeping requirements and information on ballast water Management systems.

Port State Control Officers are trained to assess a crew’s knowledge of the BW Management method used onboard, this is why this training course is important!

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Contingency Planning & Preparedness


In preparing a vessel for U.S. operations, there are many factors that must be considered to ensure compliance. Now that a foundation has been built with the completion of the Introduction to U.S. Regulations course, we will build upon that teaching, taking a deeper look at specific contingency planning obligations for both Tanker and Nontank vessels. The Contingency Planning & Preparedness course will provide an overview of Federal, State, and agency imposed planning requirements; detailing applicability, submission deadlines, plan validity, and more.

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Cyber Risk at Sea


The Cyber Crimes  become a widespread  phenomenon, increasingly  international and must be effectively counteracted.  One of the last attack was againist the most important Shipping Organization, IMO and surely this event has shocked the companies and business operators. Obviously, the cyber attacks are most dangerous specially in the shipping industry for safety reasons. Surely, what we can say is that  the human factor is surely considered  the weakest link in that chain , the key that the hackers use to penetrate the IT and OT Systems on board a ship  or in the office of your company. 

The target of this course are: Managers, S&Q personnel, DPA/CSO, S/Is having a role in the shipping industry.

The General Objectives of this Cyber Risk at Sea course are:

  1. Giving information about the scenario of the most important cyber attacks (in the shipping industry and in other types of Organizations);
  2. What the most common cyber attacks are and how the hackers can penetrate the systems on board and in the office;
  3. Why and how you need to implement cyber recommandations;
  4. The relationship between the Cyber Risk at Sea and the SMS implementation as per regulations.

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Cyber Security


Cyber Security is strongly conditioned by the people who use devices  in their private and business life.  What we can confirm is that  the human factor is surely considered  the weakest link  in that chain , the key that the hackers use to penetrate the IT and OT Systems on board a ship  or in the office of your company.  The  Genaral O bjective of this Cyber Awareness Course is to  make you conscious about:

  1. The cyber risk  and e most important cyber attacks that have devastated many huge Public and/or Private Organizations
  2. Why and how to protect your ship, your company and even your  own personal affects subject to cyber attack
  3. Implementation of the best practices to avoid a cyber intrusion. 

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Cyber Security Basic


Every company, organisation and government agency requires competentes in terms of cyber security.

That is true specially for the shipping companies for obvious reasons.  A culture of cyber security awareness and informed people help you to protect your company, your business and your reputation in the market. This course is the first step on your journey to security awareness and sustained behavioral change for your employees.

The objective behind cybersecurity training is to make your people know how to detect threats, and how to defend themselves from a cyberattack. It also highlights the importance of having devices equipped with the latest upgrades to keep your security up to date.

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Introduction to US Regulations


Trading to the United States can be very overwhelming. There are various federal regulations to which vessels must adhere, and depending on where your vessel(s) is intending to trade, there may be additional state requirements.

Gallagher Marine Systems understands the complexity that is involved with trading to the U.S. and how a course on that matter can help all the companies managements.

We devised a brief course that have the objective of giving an simple overview of essential items that are needed to obtain approval for trade in the United States and in States as California, Alaska, Washington.

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Port State Control (PSC)


The Port State Control inspection is often seen as a calamity by seafarers and by ship managers. The reason is that it can potentially generate a detention, which can be really an expensive calamity. Detention means delay, which can produce a financial loss, affects always negatively the good name of the ship, the company and the shipmaster. Finally, the chartering of the ship will become difficult and the main shipping objective, making profit, fails.

This course is a practical guide to prepare the ship and her crew to be compliant and pass a PSC examination without problems. Few or zero deficiencies and reducing the risk of detention

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Vessel General Permit (VGP)


The course has been specifically designed to fulfill the mandatory general training requirements as required by VGP Sections 2.1.6 and 4.2.  All owner/operators of vessels must ensure that the master, operator, person-in-charge, and crew members who actively take part in the management of incidental discharges or who may affect those discharges are adequately trained in implementing the terms of the VGP. 

TThe course provides practical knowledge to seafarers to understand, implement and apply VGP requirements and to augment existing Safety Management and Environmental Management Systems for full conformance with VGP.

TDuration of Course including Test questions: About 2 hours 30 minutes