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Videotel polishes garbage program

Videotel reports that it has updated its Garbage Management training programme in response to new updates to MARPOL Annex V that entered into force on January 1, 2013.

“Garbage isn’t high on the agenda for many senior executives in most businesses,” says Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel Marine International.

“But for shipowners and shipmanagers the prevention of pollution and the proper management of waste is a key issue. Annex V will have an enormous impact on the ways ships handle their waste and demands an entirely new approach to waste management. The whole onus of responsibility has changed. Effectively, the regulations are now about preventing the discharge of waste at sea.”

“Where in the past most categories of garbage could be discharged in limited circumstances, that rule has been reversed and most waste streams may now not be discharged at sea except under certain strict conditions. In addition, written evidence of compliance must be readily available.”

Videotel notes that, under the new legislation, shipowners and operators must now plan their whole garbage management strategy in advance, with the emphasis on minimisation and disposal in port reception facilities.

Port control officers are empowered to inspect ships for compliance, and where there is clear evidence that the Master and crew are not familiar with procedures relating to the prevention of pollution by garbage the vessel can be detained until this is rectified.

The new Garbage Management training package from Videotel demonstrates how to comply with the revised regulations on garbage collection, processing, storage, disposal and record-keeping using the Garbage Record Book.

It also presents good practice guidance to assist Masters, officers, ship operators and owners to reduce and manage self-generated garbage more effectively.

It is available through Videotel on Demand (VOD), DVD, CBT and Workbooks.

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