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Diploma in Prevention of Air Pollution by Ships

Learn about regulations and methods aimed at preventing air pollution from ships and tankers in this free online course.

Publisher: ADU
Diploma in Prevention of Air Pollution by Ships is a free online course that teaches prevention of pollution of the air due to ship activities in the marine environment. This course will discuss the law of the sea, air pollutants, the protocols of the annexes put together to curb the pollution as well as the Clean Air Act. Register for this course today and enhance your knowledge on the prevention of air pollution by ships in the marine environs.
Diploma in Prevention of Air Pollution by Ships
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    15-20 Hours
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The marine environment must be protected from pollution by everyone. Pollution can cause serious harm to or even kill the plants and animals that live in the sea. To help protect the marine environment, international regulations place strict laws on ships. When we burn fossil fuels, we don’t pollute just the air but the oceans too. Today, the seas absorb as much as a quarter of all man-made carbon emissions, which changes the pH of surface waters and leads to acidification. So, what happens when the ocean’s chemistry is disturbed? The marine ecosystems and the coastal economies that depend on them are badly damaged in addition to the ocean’s carbonate levels going down when acidity levels rise, thus threatening the survival of these animals. More acidic waters also contribute to the bleaching of coral reefs thus making it harder for some types of fish to sense predators and others to hunt prey. The MARPOL Annex VI sets limits on sulfur oxide and nitrogen oxide emissions from ship exhausts. It also prohibits the deliberate emissions of ozone-depleting substances. The Annex includes a global cap of 4.5% m/m on the sulfur content of fuel oil and calls on IMO to monitor the worldwide average sulfur content of fuels.

This course analyzes the effects of such emissions that harm human health and our environment. You will learn about the adoption of MARPOL Annex VI that followed some years of debate within the IMO organizations. Furthermore, you will study the Technical Code on the Control of Emissions of Nitrogen Oxides from Marine Diesel Engines that has been adopted. This regulation sets the limits on sulfur oxide and nitrogen oxide emissions from ships' exhausts including the prohibition of the deliberate emissions of ozone-depleting substances. You will then study the designated emission control areas that set more stringent standards for particulate matter. Also, you will examine MARPOL Annex VI which regulates shipboard incineration and the emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) from tankers. MARPOL ANNEX VI applies to all ships, fixed and floating drilling rigs, and other platforms, but the certification requirements are depending on the size of the vessel and when it is constructed. This course illustrates how ships of 400 gross tons and above engaged in international voyages involving countries that have ratified the conventions, or ships flying the flag of those countries, are required to have an International Air Pollution Prevention Certificate (IAPP Certificate). Moreover, you will learn about the IAPP certificate that is issued following an initial survey carried out by the Flag Administration or by a recognized organization (e.g. Det Norske Veritas; American Bureau of Shipping; Lloyd's Register, etc.) on behalf of the Flag Administration, confirming compliance with MARPOL Annex VI.

This free online course aims at discussing the rights and responsibilities of nations concerning the use of the world's oceans, establishing guidelines for businesses, the environment, as well as the management of marine natural resources. By taking this course, you will study the major conventions formed to curb marine pollution and regulate the use of the world's oceans by individual states. You will also examine the definitions, applications, port state control as well as reports contained in the articles and protocols of the MARPOL. You will learn about the concepts, applications, exemptions, and regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships. You will also study the applicability, the emission standards, and other provisions of the EPA evolution of nonroad diesel engine regulations, as well as the US enforcements on emissions. Lastly, you will learn about regulated standards of MARPOL Annex VI fuel on oil sulfur as well as the content, places, and time to file a fuel oil non-availability report. This course will be of significant interest to students, researchers, marine engineers, environmentalists, and anyone with an interest in the protection of the marine environment by limiting air pollution from the activities of ships. Register for this course today and begin your next learning journey!

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