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AMSA assists with regional pollution prevention workshop
MARPOL is the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution From Ships, the main international convention covering prevention of pollution of the marine environment by ships from operational or accidental causes.
This workshop was hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in partnership with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and AMSA. The workshop was supported using funds kindly donated to IMO by the Government of Canada through Transport Canada.
The training was delivered by a consultant engaged by the IMO, Dr Zabi Bazari and an officer from AMSA's Marine Environment Division, Annalisse Sly. The training covered the international regulatory framework for preventing pollution from ships; MARPOL annex VI regulations, including regulations for energy efficiency; energy efficiency design and technical measures; further measures to enhance energy efficiency of ships; implementation and enforcement of MARPOL Annex VI; and MARPOL Annex VI capacity building activities.
The workshop effectively brought together officers from a wide range of organisations from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Niue, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. The aim of the workshop was to increase knowledge of Annex VI and encourage ratification of this Annex, noting there are currently eight Pacific island countries that are party to MARPOL Annex VI.