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The GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships Programme and the Global Industry Alliance (GIA) are pleased to announce the launch of a new online learning portal including a free online e-learning course on the Operational Aspects of Ballast Water Management.

The learning portal is accessible free of charge through registering at [1] .

The e-learning course on Operational Aspects of BWM is based on the GloBallast Advanced Training Course on Operational Aspects of BWM (developed with financial support from the GIA and the IMO Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme), and is aimed at all stakeholders who will have to deal with Operational Aspects of BWM such as Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) and all crew on board a ship. The course contains four modules; Introduction, Operational Aspects, Survey and Certification, and Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement (CME). In each module, the user will explore the issue in the context of the objective of the module, discover key facts to build on the users existing knowledge on BWM and finally use carefully designed hypothetical scenarios to put this new knowledge into practice. The learning portal also offers the opportunity to download the e-learning course for free so the user could use it offline at a later stage: a very useful option for seafarers who may not always have internet access on board ships. The GloBallast learning portal can also be accessed via the revamped GloBallast website: [2] . This revamped website gives access to all the latest updates regarding the GloBallast Project, the BWM Convention and related IMO meetings, as well as access to all GloBallast publications such as its Monograph series (available to download for free in PDF in various languages, including Arabic, English, French, Spanish and Russian).