Oil pollution violations on vessels and adequacy of maritime training

The paper projects the outcomes of an introspective study into the training imparted to the seafarer with respect to oil pollution matters. Typical training syllabi were compared with the prescribed lesson plans from Model Courses to verify quantitative and qualitative training. A sample has been drawn from the Malaysian and Indian seafaring officers for the study. Curriculum exposure to marine pollution regulations, and intensity and level of ship operational issues such as bypassing the separators and falsification of record books are analysed in the study. From the questionnaire survey amongst the officers, difficulties experienced in pollution prevention practices are highlighted. Statistical data analyses have been carried out to see if there is any relationship between pollution violations, training and human factors such as experience and attitude. While training appears to be sufficient, fatigue and attitude appear to be the causal factors for oil pollution violations. The paper concludes with suggestions for improving training such as simulator exercises and case study discussions, etc.


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  • Accession Number: 01606614
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 16 2016 9:22AM