IMO workshop addresses policy compliance

Kenya Ports Authority The IMO’s workshop looked at the regulations covering garbage discharge from ships and adequacy of port reception facilities. Image: Kenya Ports Authority

A recent IMO workshop focused on implementing marine environment protection measures included participants from 12 southern and east African countries.

The IMO’s workshop in Mombasa, Kenya addressed MARPOL Annexes I to V, and in particular the regulations covering garbage discharge from ships and adequacy of port reception facilities.

Participants discussed factors affecting full implementation of MARPOL and its annexes, including those issues identified during audits carried out under IMO's Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS).

These factors included incomplete transposition of the convention and its amendments into national legislation.

Regional and national actions to address the existing barriers hampering full implementation and enforcement were agreed.

During the workshop, which was organised with the Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA), participants also visited the waste reception/recycling facilities in the Port of Mombasa and discussed the waste facility licensing scheme and port waste management plans.

The Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) for Africa, based in Mombasa, updated participants about their work on supporting implementation of MARPOL Annex VI and, in particular, the requirements on energy efficiency of ships.

Participating countries included Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Uganda and Tanzania.

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