Global climate rules vital for shipping
MO Secretary-General Kitack Lim spoke about the importance of a global approach to climate change regulation for the shipping industry during the World Ocean Summit in Bali, Indonesia (22-24 February), organised by The Economist. Mr. Lim emphasized how global regulation through IMO has already established far-reaching mandatory technical and operational measures to reduce shipping’s carbon footprint and set out a “road map” to determine any further measures that may be needed. Participation in the summit was the culmination of a week in Indonesia during which Mr. Lim met the Minister of Transport, Mr. Budi Karya Sumadi, and the Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs, Mr. Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan. He also visited Tanjung Priok port to speak about IMO’s theme for 2017 – “Connecting Ships, Ports and People”.
IMO AT WORK
Putting energyefficient shipping on the curriculum
he Philippines has joined the list of countries to receive IMO support to promote energy-efficient ship operation. A workshop in Manila (23-24 February) helped equip 30 maritime educators from across the country with the knowledge to introduce the topic of ship energy-efficiency into their teaching curriculums. The event, run under IMO’s GloMEEP project, was the second of its kind to take place in Asia within a week – following a productive event in Malaysia (20-21 February). The focus was on delivering
an IMO Model Course to seafarers, which consists of lectures, interactive exercises and videos to enhance the learning experience. Crews trained in the Philippines will then have the necessary knowledge to contribute to reducing fuel consumption on ships and cutting associated greenhouse gas emissions. The Manila workshop was hosted by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA).
Managing ballast water for sustainable use of the oceans
meeting of international marine environment experts in Paris (23 February) heard how IMO is helping to protect marine ecosystems from potentially harmful invasive aquatic species transported in ships’ ballast water. IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention and the project helping to implement the standards set out in the treaty, GloBallast, were on the agenda at the seminar, which was focused on the
conservation of the Mediterranean Sea. The Convention is set to enter into force in September 2017, requiring ships to manage their ballast water. The seminar was hosted by the French Ministry of Environment, Energy and Oceans as part of continuing efforts to promote and achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14: ‘Life Below Water’.
All aboard for inspection practice
n IMO training in Malaysia saw port State control officers practicing inspecting for compliance with air pollution and energy efficiency rules aboard a container ship in Johor Port. The participants, from throughout Malaysia, took part in the three-day workshop (13-15 February) focusing on how to effectively enforce IMO’s MARPOL Annex VI regulations. The interactive workshop included class-based lectures and exercises, as well as practical training on board, in which relevant certificates and documentation, fuel tank arrangement and bunker fuel samples were inspected (photos). It was the first time that onboard training has taken place under the GloMEEP project, which supports countries in addressing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from ships. Following the workshop, all trained officers will undertake a two-day (16-17 February) concentrated MARPOL Annex VI inspection campaign in Port Klang, Malaysia’s busiest container port, organized by the Marine Department Malaysia (MDM).
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