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Regulations and Requirements of Oil Tankers

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

Publisher: ADU
‘Regulations and Requirements of Oil Tankers’ is a free online course that guides you in acquiring knowledge on the rules governing oil tankers. This course highlights the protocols and pollution prevention equipment put in place to check the activities of oil tankers in the marine environment.
Regulations and Requirements of Oil Tankers
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    4-5 Hours
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In this course, learn about the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (also known as MARPOL). Its Annex I covers the prevention of pollution by oil from operational measures as well as from accidental discharges. You will study how amendments to MARPOL Annex I made it mandatory for new oil tankers to have double hulls, how Annexes I and II are mandatory for all signatories for MARPOL, and which annexes are optional. Analyze what and why some exceptions for discharges are allowed. In addition, you will examine the US Oil Pollution Act (OPA) of 1990 and see how the different tonnage cut-offs make it difficult to compare directly with MARPOL. See how the sinking of the Erika off the coast of France in 1999 led to proposals to strengthen MARPOL requirements with respect to double hulling and the inspection of tankers.

‘Regulations and Requirements of Oil Tankers’ is a free online course that discusses the protocols that aim to prevent pollution by oil in the marine environment. The course also outlines applications, regulations and conditions for exemptions for segregated ballast tanks (SBT). You will learn about the double hull and double bottom requirements for oil tankers as well as the prevention of oil pollution from tankers carrying heavy grade oil as cargo. Study the accidental oil outflow performance for tankers required after 1 January 2010 as well as the damage assumptions and maximum tank length of the tankers. Learn about the damages resulting from the hypothetical outflow of oil and the formula for calculating the hypothetical outflow of oil due to assumed side damage and bottom damage. You will also analyze the conditions, applications and exemptions to the limitations of size as well as the arrangement of cargo tanks. In this course, you will study the permeability of the allowed space, as well as stability concerns and damaged stability considerations. Understand the application and importance of slop tanks as well as the discharge arrangement for tankers, segregated or clean ballast, the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWM Convention), oil/water separation, interface detector, draining pipelines and pumps.

This free online course teaches the nitty-gritty of the regulations and requirements of oil tankers in the bid to curb ocean oil pollution. As a learner, you will study preventing oil pollution from ships as well as the dedicated clean ballast tank system regulations, crude oil washing system, slop tank arrangement, and oil residues (sludge) tank arrangement. You will also examine the oil discharge monitoring and control system (ODME), tanker requirements, IMO (International Maritime Organization) guidelines, CBT (clean ballast tanks), ballast discharge, oil filtering equipment, and flag state duties. You will also analyze the functions and regulations of oil/water interface detectors, the IMO’s resolutions, how interface detectors on ships work, in-tank interface detection, water discharge valves, and the Oil Record Book (ORB). Reception facilities, ships’ certifications, as well as environmental awareness will also be covered in this course, which will be useful to marine engineering, marine environment and maritime or admiralty law students and professionals.

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