19 May 2014: Congo becomes 45th Party to the London Protocol
On 19 May 2014, , Congo acceced to the London Protocol, thus bringing the total number of Parties to 45. The Protocol was adopted in 1996, and entered into force on 24 March 2006.
26 to 30 May 2014: 37th meeting of the London Convention Scientific Group and 8th meeting of the London Protocol Scientific Group
The Scientific Groups of the London Convention and Protocol The Scientific Groups of the London Convention and Protocol convened in New Orleans, United States, from 26 to 30 May 2014. All meeting documents will be available from IMO Docs.
Additional background documents will be available here:
PIANC report on Sustainable Maritime Navitigaion (reference in LC/SG 37/INF.8)
11 to 13 December 2013: National Seminar on the London Convention and London Protocol, Jakarta, Indonesia
A National Seminar on the London Protocol was held in Alila Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia from 11 to 13 December, 2013. The meeting was attended by key government representatives from the Directorate General of Sea Transport and the Directorate General of Ports and Harbors, the Ministry of Environment, as well as members of industry associations, and other private sector groups.
The seminar was aimed at providing training to the participants so that they can help prepare the Republic of Indonesia for possible ratification of the London Protocol. A workshop recommendation was adopted at the end of the seminar urging the Government of Indonesia to create a national coordinating committee composed of representatives from the different government agencies, private sector organizations, non-government organizations, related research institutions, universities and other key stakeholders so that the London Protocol and its impact on the present regulatory framework for the control of marine pollution from dumping at sea can be studied and appropriate recommendations can be formulated for the possible ratification of the Protocol by Indonesia.
The meeting was hosted by the Director General of Sea Transport under the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation.
17 December 2013: Uruguay becomes 44th Party to the London Protocol
On 17 December 2013, Uruguay acceced to the London Protocol, thus bringing the total number of Parties to 44. The Protocol was adopted in 1996, and entered into force on 24 March 2006.
18 October 2013: Marine geoengineering including ocean fertilization to be regulated: Amendments to the London Protocol adopted,
On 18 October 2013, the Contracting Parties to the London Protocol adopted resolution LP.4(8), thereby amending the Protocol to include marine geoengineering engineering activities.
The amendments add a new article 6bis which states that “Contracting Parties shall not allow the placement of matter into the sea from vessels, aircraft, platforms or other man-made structures at sea for marine geoengineering activities listed in Annex 4, unless the listing provides that the activity or the sub-category of an activity may be authorized under a permit”.
More information, including the full press release, can be found here.