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Marine Environmental Awareness Training Course


The sea is not only a rich natural resource, it is also vital to the world economy as around 90% of world trade travels by sea. If we are to safeguard the sea both as a natural resource and an economic necessity, we need long term strategies for looking after it. We need to think in terms of 'sustainable shipping' - that is, sea transport which meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations. The impact of shipping on the marine environment depends, to some extent, on the awareness, attitudes and behavious of seafarers. This course focuses on the 'human element' in preventing marine pollution, and educates, stimulates and empowers officers on board vessels and on-shore personnel to contribute to environmentally sound shipping.

Who the course is designed for

Officers in charge of a navigational or engineering watch
All seafarers interested in environmental issues within the maritime industry

Course pre-requisites

There are no specific course pre-requisites.

Course objectives

Covers IMO Model Course 1.38 addressing IMO's mission and strategy to care for the marine environment
Ensure compliance with pollution prevention measures and regulations

Course outcomes

On successful completion of the course, participants will be encouraged to make a personal commitment to observe procedures, comply with regulations and act to maintain the positive environmental reputation of shipping.
Candidates will be equipped with minimum standard competence as outlined in IMO Model Course 1.38


The course consists of:

  • Five modules
  • Tests after each module, and a final test
  • Optional written assignments

Module Contents

  • MODULE 1 Global context
  • MODULE 2 Marine environment
  • MODULE 3 Environmental challenges for the shipping industry
  • MODULE 4 Emissions to air - greenhouse gases
  • MODULE 5 Introduction of invasive species

Regulations addressed

STCW Tables A-II/1 to II/5, A-III/1 to A-III/7 and A-VI/1-4

Course duration

It is estimated that 8-12 Guided Learning Hours (GLHs) are required to complete this course. GLHs include the time needed to follow the programme on the computer, plus time needed for additional reading and research as well as the time needed to complete the assessments.


multi-choice on-screen tests to complete at the end of each module
there is a final test once the whole programme has been completed
there are 5 written assignments

Mode of delivery

This course is delivered using interactive Computer Based Training (CBT). Students follow easy on-screen instructions to progress through the course. The program contains text with (optional) English language voiceover, still photographs, video clips and animations.


On successful completion of the course, Videotel will issue a certificate.*
To obtain advanced certification, users must complete the written assignments.

* For an up-to-date list of Flag State approvals, please refer to Videotel website at ww.videotel.com

Produced with the assistance of:
International Maritime
Organization (IMO)