NMP Conducts Pilot Class on Oily Water Separator Course

C/E Eddie A. Baccol (in orange cover-all) discussing the proper use of Oily Water Separator

Tacloban City – The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) conducted a Pilot Class on Oily Water Separator Course on 17 May 2019 at Room 109, NMP Training Complex, Cabalawan, Tacloban City.

The said course is one of the advocacy programs of the Agency, developed by the NMP’s Curriculum Development Section (CDS) in response to the concerns of the international and national legislation in the increasing accidents of pollution at sea, in which one of the causes is the discharging of oil from ships.

Every vessel should ensure that they do not expel oil when pumping out oil tanks, bilges or any spaces contaminated with oil. Normally, every ship or vessel produce water and oil mixture, and it is necessary for these substances to be separated from each other. Hence, there is an equipment on ships called “Oily Water Separator (OWS)” with the primary purpose of separating the oil and other contaminants that could be harmful to the oceans.

Likewise, OWS is utilized to ensure that the water discharged overboard is within the legal limitations and in accordance to the standards of regulations specified in the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).

The course was aimed to provide familiarization, awareness and better understanding on how the OWS works, the procedures for its operation and maintenance thus, it is open to all seafarers who are responsible and involved in the operation of an OWS.

The pilot class was conducted to determine areas for improvement / refinement prior to its offering in order to ensure that loopholes, deficiencies, misalignments are identified and corrected. It was attended by twenty-four (24) participants and was facilitated by Capt. Chito A. Go, NMP Head, CDS and C/E Eddie A. Baccol.
Meanwhile, NMP continues to upgrade its facilities and provide maritime trainings required pursuant to the STCW Convention as amended in 2010 including value-adding courses towards improving the qualifications of Filipino seafarers for their employment acceptability and enhanced competitiveness. It also regularly conducts maritime studies to come up with policies for the improvement of the manpower sector of the industry.

Those interested in NMP research undertakings may visit the NMP website (www.nmp.gov.ph) and access the e-Research Information System Portal which is designed to disseminate NMP completed researches, present the Research Agenda and engage the industry stakeholders to collaborate in the research activities.

For more information about NMP trainings viewers may visit the agency’s facebook page (www.facebook.com/nmptrainingcenter) where all related information on NMP trainings are available.

Further, NMP encourages seafarers to avail of the NMP-OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) Seafarers’ Upgrading Program (SUP) which entitles the beneficiary to receive financial assistance for training costs from the OWWA.