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Select from each year the reports of our previous activities.

IMO Sub-Regional International Convention on OPRC Convention Workshop: Oil Spill Response Equipment, Simulation Exercises and Co-ordination with Neighboring Countries

Location

Cartagena,,  Colombia

Activity

Summary: This regional workshop was organized in accordance with RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe’s proposal to IMO’s Technical Co-operation Committee for the Center’s activities of the 2016-2017 biennium and was attended by thirty nine government maritime representatives from The Bahamas, Barbados, Colombia, Cuba, Curacao, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. In following Article 6 of OPRC, the workshop aimed at building capacity for Parties in: establishing, either individually or through bilateral or multilateral cooperation, and in co-operation with the oil and shipping industries, port authorities and other relevant entities: minimum levels of pre-positioned oil spill combating equipment; programs of exercises and training; detailed plans and communication capabilities for responding; and mechanisms or arrangements to co-ordinate a response and the capabilities to mobilize the necessary resources. The overall output of the workshop: 1) provided support information on the assessment, identification and acquisition of oil spill response equipment for consideration by participant countries when determining what, if any, spill response capability should be acquired; 2) provided information to assist Wider Caribbean Region countries in developing and implementing national and regional exercise programs; 3) generated national and regional information and lessons learned that can be incorporated into future revisions of the Wider Caribbean Island OPRC Plan and Central; and 4) emphasized the importance of regional coordination and communication for oil spill preparedness and response.

Dates

October 02 - 05, 2017

Report

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Feasibility study on the development of a RRFP for the SIDS of the WCR

Location

16 Small Island Developing States, Wider Caribbean Region

Activity

This feasibility Study was conducted by RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe for the possible development of a regional reception facilities plan for the small island developing States (SIDS) of the Wider Caribbean Region. The study includes an assessment of and site visits to the ports of 16 U.N. member SIDS, and identification of possible measures to address the inadequacy of port reception facilities in the Wider Caribbean Region. The outcomes of this report complements other strategies for improving management of ship generated wastes and cargo residues within the Wider Caribbean Region, and contributes to efforts towards improving the ability of Caribbean States to effectively fulfill their obligations under MARPOL, or to accede to MARPOL where a State is not already a Party.

Regional Workshop on Ballast Water Management

Location

Panama, Panama City

Activity

A five-day Third Regional Task Force Meeting on the Ratification and Implementation of the IMO Convention on Ballast Water Management (BWM) was held in Panama City, Panama, from 5-9 June 2017. Participants were informed of the present status of the BWM Convention, the current activities and progress being made at the global level, the current status of the Convention in the region and lessons learned from Malaysia, Bahamas, Colombia, Jamaica, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago in their experiences with BWM. The meeting also provided delegates with scientific and technical presentations that addressed marine invasive species in the Caribbean and across the globe, methodologies used in the designation of ballast water exchange zones, and lessons learned from the US Coast Guard (USCG) BWM Program and the US National Ballast Water Information Clearinghouse. Delegates agreed on updates to the SAP and steps to be taken towards implementation of the SAP.

Dates

June 05 - 09, 2017

Report

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IMO Sub-Regional Workshop on the Implementation of an Incident Management System

Location

Nassau, The Bahamas

Activity

The objective of the five-day workshop was to emphasize the importance of regional contingency planning and the implementation of incident management systems as included in IMO’s 2012 Guidance on the Implementation of an Incident Management System (IMS). Regional cooperation on oil spill preparedness and response was enhanced through this workshop for participants of 13 Wider Caribbean countries. The workshop improved participants’ knowledge relating to oil spill preparedness, response and cooperation; and provided an opportunity to take part in practical and theoretical exercises.

Dates

May 21 - 25, 2017

Report

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International Oil Spill Conference 2017

Location

California, Long Beach

Activity

On May 18th, CDR Keith Donohue presented during the International Session on a paper he co-authored, titled: “A True Roadmap for Response Preparedness Capacity Building in Developing States.”

Dates

May 15 - 19, 2017

Report

There is no report of this activity

    Colombian Navy Oil Spill Response and Simulation exercise

    Location

    Colombia, Cartagena

    Activity

    This was a week-long oil spill response course held at the Colombia Naval Base in Cartagena, and attended by several components of the Colombian Navy, such as: Coast Guard; Marines; Diving and Rescue; Caribbean Surface Fleet; Emergency Response; and the Colombian General Maritime Authority (DIMAR). CDR Keith Donohue presented topics on international, regional and national oil spill response structures, agreements, arrangements and contingency plans for the WCR during a daylong workshop within the course. The full-day workshop was attended by major oil and gas companies operating in Colombia, as well as representatives from other international companies and institutions under the Colombian Oil Association (ACP).

    Dates

    May 11 - 11, 2017

    Report

    There is no report of this activity

      16th Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference

      Location

      Curacao, Willemstad

      Activity

      The conference brought together over 250 shipping executives, industry leaders, port authorities and renowned speakers to address topics such as value deployment; cyber security; inspection and compliance; air freight shipping; Caribbean Maritime Business; and marine pollution from ships. CDR Keith Donohue presented on topics related to IMO and RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe’s recent activities aimed at building capacity for the 28 countries and 10 territories surrounding the WCR in order to better ratify and implement international conventions and instruments related to oil spill prevention/response, ballast water management and other pollution discharges from ships.

      Dates

      May 08 - 10, 2017

      Report

      There is no report of this activity

        Implementing MARPOL in the Caribbean Workshop

        Location

        Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman

        Activity

        Sponsored by The Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Cayman Islands and the North American Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA), this workshop’s focus was on gaining regional support to help drive better implementation of the International Convention to Prevent Pollution from Ship. In attendance were over 75 participants representing governments, non-government organizations, and commercial maritime interests of the Caribbean. CDR Keith Donohue presented on RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe’s MARPOL activities over the last 21 years, as well as planned activities for 2017.

        Dates

        May 02 - 02, 2017

        Report

        There is no report of this activity

          Conferentie Crisis Communicatie (Crisis Communications Conference),

          Location

          Curacao, Willemstad

          Activity

          U.S. Coast Guard Commander Keith M. Donohue, Seconded to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as a consultant at RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe attended as a guest speaker and oil spill technical expert – he presented on “Crisis Communication During an Oil Spill” with Mr. Thomas Liebert of the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds, London.

          Dates

          April 06 - 06, 2017

          Report

          There is no report of this activity

            Recent activities

            To promote its objectives, RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe conducts national and regional activities throughout the Wider Caribbean Region

            • 9th Ordinary Steering Committee Meeting
              June 05 - 07, 2018
            • Workshop on Oil Spill Response Equipment, Simulation Exercises and Co-o ...
              October 02 - 05, 2017
            • Feasibility study on the development of a RRFP for the SIDS of the WCR
              June 19 - December 13, 2017
            • Regional Workshop on Ballast Water Management
              June 05 - 09, 2017