The Inaugural Meeting of the Heads of Maritime Administrations from the Black and Caspian Sea countries was held in Batumi, Georgia, on the Black Sea coast on 16 and 17 December 2012. The meeting, organized by IMO, was attended by representatives of Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Iran, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine; as well as representatives from the Black Sea Association of Maritime Institutions, the Black Sea Commission, the Black Sea MoU on Port State Control, European Commission and the World Maritime University. The IMO Secretary-General addressed the meeting.
The meeting adopted a resolution on Promotion of technical co-operation. The resolution recognized the invaluable support which had been provided to the countries from the Black and Caspian seas region by IMO through its Integrated Technical Co-operation Programme (ITCP). The resolution also, acknowledged the need for the countries to strengthen national maritime administrations, develop and update the national maritime policies and legislation, build capacity at a regional level through partnerships and in cooperation with IMO, and to contribute to the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals and the sustainable development of the Black and Caspian seas States.
The countries through the resolution committed themselves to make effective use of IMO’s technical assistance and to utilize, where possible, expertise available in the maritime administrations and maritime training institutions from within the Black and Caspian seas region to further advance technical co-operation for the development of maritime safety, security and marine environmental protection. The resolution invited the Black and Caspian seas countries to submit to IMO their completed country maritime profiles identifying their needs for technical assistance, in particular in the area of national maritime policy to serve as the bases for the development of capacity-building events for the region under the ITCP.