IMO is supporting countries* from the Gulf of Guinea region in
their plans to enhance maritime security. Participants from 10 countries are
taking part in a workshop in Monterey, USA (6-10 August) on developing and
refining their work plans. This includes introducing new topics directly
related to the successful implementation of maritime security strategies – such
as negotiation skills for secure political and inter-Ministerial cooperation.
The workshop, which includes a field trip to the US Coast Guard Monterey
Station, is organized by the US Department of State funded Center for Civil Military
Relations (CCMR). It is the second of three events. A workshop in Abidjan was
held in March 2018 and the final event is due to take place in Yaoundé in March
2019. IMO is represented by Gisela Vieira.
Find out more about IMO’s maritime security work, here.
* Participants from Benin, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Cote
d'Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Senegal and Togo, as well as
international partners such as INTERPOL and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth
Office are in attendance.
Shipping forms the backbone of world trade, transporting
around 80% of global trade by volume. No other method of mass transportation is
as cost-effective or fuel-efficient. Each day, around 50,000 merchant ships
deliver the things people need and want – from food, to clothes, fuel, raw
materials, electronics, medication and more. The security of maritime trade is
therefore paramount to people all over the world.
One way in which IMO supports maritime security is through
targeted workshops supporting countries to implement IMO measures. The latest
of these events, on maritime and port security for Asian countries, took place
in Ningbo, China (23-27 July). More than 50 participants representing port and
designated authorities and other national agencies from Asian countries were in
The main aims of the workshop were to i) review
implementation of maritime security in the region and evaluate new or evolving
threats; ii) promote cooperation between port and designated authorities of
participating countries through discussion and sharing experiences and best
practices related to maritime security; iii) identify challenges to ships,
ports and people for the purpose of facilitating and forging secure and
efficient maritime transportation; and iv) to share best practices, experiences
The sub-regional workshop was organized in collaboration
with the Maritime Safety Administration of the People’s Republic of China (China MSA). IMO was represented by Javier
Yasnikouski and Yuji Okugawa.
Additionally, a special session under the theme “Connecting
ships, ports and people” was held on 26 July, with additional national
participants. The session was intended to strengthen cooperation across all
maritime sectors, driven by policy, strategy and technological innovation, in
order to forge a secure and efficient maritime transportation sector.
Mauritius has become the 15th signatory* to the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct – the instrument developed and adopted by countries in the Western Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden that has been a key factor in repressing piracy and armed robbery against ships operating in that region.
The Amendment significantly broadened the scope of the Djibouti Code when it was adopted at a high-level meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in January 2017. It covers measures for suppressing a range of illicit activities, including piracy, arms trafficking, trafficking in narcotics, illegal trade in wildlife, illegal oil bunkering, crude oil theft, human trafficking, human smuggling, and illegal dumping of toxic waste.
High Commissioner H.E. Mr. Girish Nunkoo of Mauritius deposited the instrument with IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters in London (26 July).
* Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Somalia, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania and Yemen.
Seventy-four countries have now signed up to IMO's Ballast Water Management Convention, with Serbia being the latest to accede to the treaty helping to protect the marine environment. The signatories represent more than 75% of the world's merchant fleet tonnage. Under the treaty, ships are required to manage their ballast water, which can contain thousands of aquatic or marine microbes, plants and organisms, which are then carried across the globe.
Mrs. Vesna Vercon Ivic, Consul, Serbia Embassy to the United Kingdom, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters, London (26 July) to deposit the instrument of accession.
Find out more about the Ballast Water Management Convention, including FAQs, videos, infographics and more, here.
Malaysian maritime officials are touring the Port of Bintulu
on Borneo island as part of an IMO training package helping countries to reduce
emissions in ports. Thirty participants from authorities and ports across
Malaysia are taking part in the event (24-26 July), with the aim of gaining
improved expertise on assessing emissions in ports and devising strategies to address
those emissions. The result – better air quality for local populations and
contribution towards the battle against climate change.
The training took place under the strategic partnership
between the IMO-run GloMEEP project on
energy-efficiency and the International Association of Ports and Harbors
(IAPH). It was hosted by the Marine Department Malaysia and Bintulu Port
Authority, and delivered by a team of IMO consultants from the Port of Los
Angeles and Starcrest Consulting Group.
Further information about the
GloMEEP project, including resources, latest news and strategic partners can be
found via the project website: glomeep.imo.org.
Honduras is hosting a workshop on the IMO regulation setting
out preventive security measures in case of threats to ships and port
facilities – the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS)
Code. The event in Puerto Cortez, Honduras (23-27 July) comes as a follow-up to
a 2017 exercise in which the country’s specific technical assistance needs were
Designated authority and port facility security officers are
improving their knowledge and understanding of how to implement the relevant provisions
in the ISPS Code and SOLAS Chapter XI-2. Participants are also reviewing the
practical guidance contained in the “Guide to maritime security and the ISPS
Code”, which addresses, in particular, the security responsibilities of
governments, national authorities, port facilities and operators.
The national workshop was conducted in collaboration with
the National Commission for Port Security of the Republic of Honduras and
assisted by a team of IMO consultants.
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim
has highlighted the Organization’s work and response to a changing maritime
security landscape. Speaking at the ‘Maritime security in the 21st century’
symposium at the Brazilian Naval War College, Rio de Janeiro (20 July), he said
that “threats to the port and shipping sectors are constantly evolving and so
is IMO’s response” and emphasized that “IMO is addressing the digital
revolution in all aspects of its work”.
Autonomous vessels, known as
Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS), was one of the issues raised by the
Secretary-General, who said that IMO is currently assessing regulatory aspects
in this field, which includes looking into the subject from the aspects of
safety, security, legal liability, responses to incidents and marine
environment protection. The Secretary-General also highlighted the
Organization’s growing concerns about cyber security, and the potential
vulnerability of ship’s onboard information technology and operational
Mr. Lim went on to emphasize
that the maritime industry can both drive and support a growing economy and
help achieve a truly better world, and that, therefore, safe, secure shipping
is key to a far wider constituency than just the industry itself.
In a technical side event on
MASS, IMO’s Chris Trelawny also spoke about the issue, giving an outline of how
the regulatory process at IMO works, and that a correspondence group looking
into the issue had been established at IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 99) and started its work. IMO welcomes input from its
Member States into the group, which is undergoing a scoping exercise on the
current regulatory landscape relating to MASS.
Find out more about IMO’s
maritime security work, here.
is supporting regional cooperation on oil and hazardous and noxious substances
(HNS) spills in the Northwest Pacific region.
Roel Hoenders is taking part in meetings of the Marine Environmental Emergency
Preparedness and Response Regional Activity Centre (MERRAC) taking place in
Incheon, Republic of Korea (17-20 July). The Centre was originally established
by IMO and UNEP to create effective cooperative measures to spill response
under the Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP)*.
Hoenders presented IMO’s recent work and achievements in environmental
protection, highlighting ratification and implementation of the International
Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-Operation (OPRC-90)
and its Protocol relating to spills involving HNS. The meeting also included
discussions on practical assistance provided by MERRAC during recent incidents;
the development of an information sharing platform on oil and HNS spills;
outcomes of recent oil spill exercises; and upcoming new projects.
operates in a similar way to so-called Regional Activity Centres (RACs)
supporting regions such as the Mediterranean Sea, through REMPEC, and the Wider Caribbean Region, through REMPEITC-Caribe.
close cooperation between IMO and UN Environment, through the RACs in different
sea basins, supports Member States’ efforts in addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal
14 on conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas and marine
resources for sustainable development.
involves member countries China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Russian
Federation, and is one of the 18 UN Environment (UNEP) Regional Seas
IMO's rules and regulations for suppressing unlawful acts against the safety of navigation can be seen in the wider context of the global fight against terrorism. The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (UNCTED) carries out assessment visits to countries to assess their compliance with various international security instruments and UN Security Council resolutions.
IMO took part in a follow-up visit to Tbilisi, Georgia (16-18 July) organized by UNCTED, particularly to assess the country's implementation of the special maritime security measures in IMO's SOLAS chapter XI-2, the ISPS Code, as well as the SUA Convention and Protocols.
The assessment included a series of meetings with Georgian government agencies involved in maritime security, including authorities for maritime, defence, law enforcement, customs and coast guard. The talks were conducted alongside partner organizations, including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), The International Organization for Migration (IOM), the World Customs Organization (WCO) and Interpol. The "One UN" inter-agency approach underscores that national security and counter terrorism management must include the maritime sector in national security policies, procedures and response plans.
IMO's Henrik Madsen represented IMO during the assessment, which follows a previous assessment (UNCTED 2007) as well as a prior IMO organized national maritime security workshop in 2014. This event comes ahead of Georgia hosting an international maritime forum in September 2018, to be held in the port city of Batumi, in which IMO will be participating.
70 years of helping international shipping become safer, more secure and develop a greener environmental footprint – that's what IMO is celebrating in 2018, with a series of events and commemorative productions being released throughout the year. The latest is a short animated film which shows how IMO has developed mandatory international regulations covering almost every aspect of shipping. As a result, modern shipping conforms to the highest practicable standards and is the safest, cleanest and most efficient way to move goods around the world.
The animation traces IMO's voyage from the 1948 United Nations conference in Geneva, which saw its founding convention adopted, through to the present day. It highlights key developments such as new rules for tanker safety following the infamous Torrey Canyon incident in 1967, the satellite-based Global Maritime Distress and Safety System and the designation of several vital environmentally sensitive areas around the world which today receive special protection from shipping.
The formation of IMO's two unique educational establishments is also featured, along with the organization's work to ensure seafarers are both properly educated and trained and receive adequate legal protection.
IMO's theme for this celebratory year is "Better Shipping for a Better Future" and this animation captures how IMO has been pursuing that goal since its inception. See it for yourself - visit our YouTube channel or follow us on social media (Twitter/Facebook).
The ongoing comprehensive review of the IMO treaty on
Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel
Personnel (STCW-F) is set
to continue this week.
The Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping
(HTW 5), meeting at IMO Headquarters (16-20 July), will continue its
work to review the minimum standards of competence set out in the
treaty in order to bring them up to date and reflect realities in the fishing
industry. The STCW-F treaty was adopted in 1995
and entered into force in 2012. It is a key pillar among the international instruments addressing fishing vessel safety.
The Sub-Committee will also continue its work to update and
revise the Guidelines on Fatigue to
improve better understanding of fatigue and fatigue risk management and to
reflect current fatigue and sleep research and best practices of fatigue
Other items on the agenda include implementation of the 2010
amendments to the STCW Convention;
validation of 11 IMO model courses; and further topics under IMO’s on-going work on the human
element. The meeting was opened by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim and
is being chaired by Ms. Mayte Medina (United States). Photos here.
First stop: the Dalian Maritime University. IMO
Secretary-General Kitack Lim marked the start of the Master's degree programme
on Maritime Safety and Environmental Management – a joint programme with the
World Maritime University (WMU) during a busy visit to China (10-11 July). Mr.
Lim told students the course will help to equip them to make their own
contribution towards achieving key IMO objectives: helping ensure shipping can
continue to serve the global population in a safe and sustainable manner.
Mr. Lim went on to attend the China Maritime Day and Global
Green Maritime forums, and IMO 70th Aniversary celebrations in
Shanghai (photos). Here he outlined IMO’s achievement in the 70 years since the
Organization was formed and 60 since it became operational. During that time,
IMO has produced a long record of achievement, developing and adopting more
than 50 international instruments on many different aspects of shipping.
He highlighted the theme for the anniversary celebrations
Heritage: Better Shipping for a Better Future" and how it looks to
both the past and into the years that lie ahead, providing an opportunity to
reflect and showcase how the Organization has developed and adapted while
staying true to its overall mission – to promote safe, secure, environmentally
sound, efficient and sustainable shipping.
Mr. Lim toured the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre for Asia (MTCC Asia), which was launched at the
end of 2016 as part of the global network for energy-efficient shipping under
the GMN project, funded by
the European Union and run by IMO. The network of five regional centres are
promoting technologies and operations to improve energy efficiency in the
The marking of fishing gear will help support the implementation of IMO regulations which prohibit the discarding of such items into the sea, IMO's Fredrik Haag told the UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) Committee on Fisheries (COFI 2018) meeting in Rome, Italy (9-13 July 2018). Mr. Haag was speaking ahead of the endorsement by the COFI of the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for the Marking of Fishing Gear. The Guidelines call for all fishing gear to be marked, so that, if abandoned, lost or discarded, they can be traced back to its original owner. IMO's MARPOL Convention Annex V prohibits the discharge of into the sea of all plastics, including synthetic fishing gear. The London Convention and Protocol on dumping of wastes at sea do not permit the dumping of fishing gear at sea.
Mr. Haag told the meeting that IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee had added a new output on marine litter on its agenda and looked forward to receiving submissions on this matter. The issue is also on the agenda of meetings of the Contracting Parties to the London Convention and Protocol, which have reviewed how wastes dumped at sea may contribute to the presence of marine litter. Discussions within these bodies have included the issue of abandoned or drifting fish aggregating devices (FADs), as well as polystyrene and Styrofoam buoys used in aquaculture, as sources of marine litter.
Mr. Haag also highlighted the ongoing collaboration between IMO and FAO on environmental issues, through the Global Partnership on Marine Litter, through UN-Oceans and through the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), a body which advises the UN system on the scientific aspects of marine environmental protection.
Being prepared in the event of a major maritime security incident is essential. To help address this issue, a maritime security training has taken place in Veracruz, Mexico (12-13 July). The IMO workshop aimed to promote a multi-agency approach to maritime security and law enforcement to improve cooperation among government departments. The event also highlighted the need for an integrated approach to the implementation of SOLAS Chapter XI-2, the ISPS Code and broader security measures.
Participants explored a number of hypothetical scenarios related to maritime and port security. The workshop also reviewed existing procedures, particularly roles and responsibilities, with the aim of identifying gaps and opportunities for improvement. Around 40 participants from various national agencies attended the event, including port authorities, customs and immigration services, federal police, medical services, naval authorities, merchant marine and local and regional authorities among others.
The workshop was organized by IMO in coordination with the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Mexican Marine Secretariat (SEMAR).
IMO's work supporting
countries to reduce emissions in ports has reached Argentina, the seventh
country to benefit from a port emissions training package. Around 40 personnel
working in the country's maritime sector underwent training on how to assess
air emissions in ports and develop strategies to address emissions from
different sources, at a workshop in Buenos Aires, Argentina (10-12 July).
The training took place
under the strategic partnership between the IMO-run GloMEEP project on energy-efficiency and the
International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH). The event was hosted by
Prefectura Naval Argentina and delivered by a team of IMO consultants,
including from the Port of Los Angeles.
IMO’s Cape Town Agreement on fishing vessel safety needs to be ratified and implemented in order to save fishers’ lives. This key message was reiterated by IMO’s Sandra Allnutt during the UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) Committee on Fisheries (COFI 2018) meeting in Rome, Italy (9-13 July). The 2012 Cape Town Agreement is aimed at facilitating better control of fishing vessel safety by flag, port and coastal States. The Agreement currently has 10 Contracting States, but needs 22 for entry into force, along with a required number of aggregate fishing vessels.
At the opening session of the COFI, Ms. Allnutt highlighted the positive collaboration between IMO, the FAO, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Pew Charitable Trusts to support ratification of the Cape Town Agreement. IMO, in collaboration with FAO, has been running a series of seminars around the world to explain what the Agreement is, why it is important, how it can be implemented into national legislation and what the next steps are for a Party to the Agreement. Ms. Allnutt called for good understanding and support from fisheries ministries and the fishing industry. “Although the instrument was adopted by IMO, all UN agencies that deal with ocean issues can, and should, encourage Governments to ratify the Agreement. Cooperation and collaboration are the way forward for the safety of millions of fishers across the world,” Ms. Allnutt said. Ms Allnutt also intervened during the COFI agenda item on Fisheries and ocean governance – Combatting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, highlighting the relevance of the Cape Town Agreement to the fight against IUU fishing.
During a side event on “Ensuring socially, environmentally and commercially sustainable fisheries”, Ms Allnutt emphasised the four pillars for fishing safety, environmental protection and seafarers' training and rights – of which only the Cape Town Agreement has yet to enter into force: IMO’s 2012 Cape Town Agreement (not yet in force); IMO’s STCW-F Convention on training of fishers (which entered into force in 2012); ILO’s Work in Fishing Convention 2007 (Convention No. 188) (in force since November 2017); and FAO’s Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (PSMA), 2009 (entered into force in 2016). The side event was also attended by representatives of the Division for Ocean Affairs and the law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs (DOALOS), FAO, ILO, the EU social dialogue committee for sea-fisheries, European Commission, Pew Charitable Trusts, the Netherlands and the Holy See. The Committee on Fisheries (COFI) is a subsidiary body of the FAO Council and provides a global inter-governmental forum to examine major international fisheries and aquaculture issues.
An IMO working group is meeting (9-13 July) to develop guidelines to support the consistent implementation of the 0.50% limit for the sulphur content in fuel oil used on board ships from 1 January 2020, reducing from the current limit of 3.50% (the limit is already 0.10% in designated emission control areas). The intersessional meeting, under the auspices of the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR), will work on developing some very detailed guidelines to support consistent implementation of the 0.50% limit.
This will include guidance on preparatory and transitional issues, including guidance on ship implementation planning for 2020; impact on fuel and machinery systems resulting from new fuel blends or fuel types; verification issues and control mechanism and actions, including port State control and in-use fuel oil samples; a standard reporting format for fuel oil non-availability; and safety implications relating to the option of blending fuels.
Additionally, the meeting will consider proposals for amendments to MARPOL Annex VI to provide a unified verification procedure and test method for fuel oil used by ships, including the provision of a regulatory definition of “sulphur content”, the verification procedure to be used when testing fuel oil used by ships and the standard for testing the fuel oil.
IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 72) in April instructed the intersessional meeting to report directly to MEPC 73 in October this year, on the development of the guidance on ship implementation planning for 2020. MEPC 73 is expected to approve this guidance and issue it, in order to provide industry with over a year to apply it before the entry into effect of the 2020 limit.
Identifying organisms and microbes in ballast water, as well as monitoring port marine life where ballast water may be released, are key for countries preparing to enforce IMO's Ballast Water Management Convention. The treaty entered into force globally on 8 September 2017 and aims to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships' ballast water.
A regional workshop in Batumi, Georgia (3-5 July) concluded yesterday after it provided participants from nine countries* with theoretical and practical training in compliance, monitoring and enforcement of the Convention. The workshop also delivered training on how to plan and conduct a port biological baseline survey using standardized protocols as well as how to conduct a risk assessment. These baseline surveys aim to provide inventories of marine life in and around commercial ports frequented by ships carrying ballast water, to determine if there are any non-indigenous species which have been introduced and provide a baseline of biological data against which future changes can be measured.
To support port State control for implementation of the BWM Convention, IMO has published a video on ballast water sampling and analysis, which can be viewed here.
*The Workshop was attended by 35 participants from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Turkmenistan and Ukraine
contingency planning is in the spotlight at an IMO regional workshop in Pulau
Indah, Malaysia (2-6 July). The workshop is helping countries* in South East
Asia become more familiar with the ASEAN
Regional Oil Spill Contingency Plan - designed to enhance cooperation between
States. Participants are reviewing a number of aspects
of the plan and exercising its communication procedures.
has long supported regional cooperation and capacity building in oil spill
preparedness and response, including through a joint project with the oil and
gas industry – the Global Initiative project for South East Asia (GI
SEA). The workshop
is being carried out under IMO’s Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme and
hosted by the Government of Malaysia and the Marine Department of Malaysia, at
the Maritime Transport Training Institute.
represented by Josephine Uranza, the Organization’s Regional Coordinator for
the Asia and Pacific Sector. Expert support comes from Petronas, PIMMAG, ITOPF,
OSRL and the GI SEA Project.
States: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and
IMO’s mandate on piracy and armed robbery against ships broader
maritime security measures has been presented at the International Maritime
Seminar for Judges held in Abuja, Nigeria (3-5 July).
Gisela Vieira from IMO’s maritime security team provided input as
part of a discussion on ‘Piracy and Armed Robbery at Sea: Legal Interpretation
and Judicial Application’.
Over 300 participants from across Nigeria’s maritime industry
and stakeholders attended the conference, which was designed to update
their knowledge on contemporary issues and developments in International
Guests from Ghana, Sierra Leone and the Gambia also attended the
event, which was opened by the Hon. Justice Walter N. Onnoghen, GCON, FNJI,
Chief Justice of Nigeria. The conference was organized by the Nigerian
Shipper’s Council (NSC), under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of
Transportation, in collaboration with the National Judicial Institute.
IMO Member States to assess how effectively they administer key IMO treaties is
an important part of the Organization’s work to ensure its regulatory framework
is universally adopted and implemented.
IMO’s Member State Audit Scheme
is the subject of a regional workshop taking
place in Tunis, Tunisia (2-6 July).
than 30 participants from 13 countries* are taking part in the event. The
participants are made up of senior maritime administration personnel who are,
or will be, involved in preparing their respective countries to undergo the
audit, as well as those who will lead the preparation of required documentation
for conducting the audit. Also taking part are officials involved in developing
and implementing the corrective action plan addressing the audit findings and
IMSAS became mandatory from January 2016. To-date, 50 mandatory audits have
been carried out, with a further 12 planned for 2018. All Member States are required to undergo a
mandatory audit within the 7-year audit cycle.
workshop was organized by IMO and hosted by the Tunisian Ministry of Transport,
with IMO represented by Omar Hassein.
Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Saudi
Arabia, the Sudan and Tunisia.
A new study to assess the benefits, costs and feasibility of implementing an emission control area (ECA) to limit sulphur oxides (SOx) from ships in the Mediterranean Sea will consider, among other things, the potential health benefits for people living around the Mediterranean as well as cost implications for ship owners. The IMO Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea, REMPEC, is coordinating the technical and feasibility study to examine the possibility of designating the Mediterranean Sea, or parts of it, as a SOx-ECA under IMO’s prevention of pollution convention (MARPOL) Annex VI.
There are currently four designated SOx-ECAs worldwide: the Baltic Sea area; the North Sea area; the North American area (covering designated coastal areas off the United States and Canada); and the United States Caribbean Sea area (around Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands). In the ECASs, the limit for sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships is 0.10% mass by mass (m/m), while outside these areas the limit is currently 3.5% m/m, falling to 0.50% m/m from 1 January 2020.
An international consortium led by Energy & Environmental Research Associates (EERA) signed (in June) the contract with REMPEC to carry out the study, to be finalized by spring 2019. Funding for the study, which REMPEC will present to IMO’s Marine Environment Protection committee (MEPC), comes from the Mediterranean Trust Fund, the IMO’s Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme and a voluntary contribution from the Government of Italy.
REMPEC is administered by IMO in cooperation with UN Environment (UNEP). Its main objectives are to contribute to preventing and reducing pollution from ships, to combat pollution in case of emergency and to assist Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of Mediterranean to meet their obligations under the Convention and its protocols. The Barcelona Convention Contracting Parties are: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Turkey, and the European Union.
phase of an IMO-implemented project to enhance safe and environmentally sound
ship recycling in Bangladesh has been launched with the first Project Executive
Committee meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh (2 July). The SENSREC Project Phase II -
Capacity Building, funded under a US$1.1 million agreement with Norway, will
focus on legal and institutional analysis of ship recycling in the country and
will develop a roadmap for the Government of Bangladesh to accede to the 2009 Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (HongKong Convention). The two-year project will also provide training for workers
in ship recycling yards, supervisors and government officials.
The project is
being executed and implemented by IMO, in partnership with the Ministry of
Industries of the Government of Bangladesh. The Executive Committee (the
decision-making body of the project) was co-chaired by Mr. Md Enamul Hoque,
Additional Secretary, Ministry of Industries of Bangladesh and IMO’s Jose
Matheickal. In January this year, the Parliament of Bangladesh approved its
Ship Recycling Bill, which includes a timeframe for accession to the Hong Kong
Convention by Bangladesh within five years.
has become the 25th State to sign up to the IMO treaty on Standards of
Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F). The Convention sets the certification and minimum
training requirements for crews of seagoing fishing vessels of 24 metres in
length and above.
Bonginkosi Emmanuel Nzimande, Minister of Transport of South Africa, met IMO
Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters, London, to deposit the
instrument of accession (2 July). South Africa ratified the Cape Town Agreement
on fishing vessel safety in 2016.
Maritime security training has taken place in Nouadhibou, Mauritania (25-29 June). The IMO workshop reinforces and improves existing security measures in the country by training port security officials to design and conduct drills and exercises in line with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS Code) and recommendations in the APEC Manual of Maritime Security Drills and Exercises for Port Facilities.
The training involved theoretical lessons, discussions, group work and hands-on practical exercises in planning, conducting and evaluating exercises. It was organized with Mauritania's maritime authority – Direction de la Marine Marchande (DMM) – for designated authority officials, port facilities security officials, ISPS auditors, national regulators and ISPS inspectors.
The Nouadhibou workshop is the final component of a series of assistance activities, which began with an operational and physical security needs assessment mission to Nouakchott and Nouadhibou in December 2015. Following this, the DMM requested assistance with implementing maritime security measures, including a comprehensive training programme. The first component was an ISPS Code workshop for designated authority and port security officials in October 2016, which was followed by a self-assessment trainer workshop on port facilities in August 2017.
The training was conducted by two IMO Francophone consultants.