Regional Workshop on MARPOL ANNEX VI

This workshop, hosted by the Government of Jamaica and organized with the help of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe, was organized to provide detailed information with regard to the “MARPOL Annex VI – Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from International Shipping for the Wider Caribbean Region”. The workshop attracted participants from the CARICOM countries, as well as from Aruba, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Cuba and Panama. 

The main objective of the workshop was to raise awareness among the participating regional countries‟ stakeholders on MARPOL Annex VI in general and more specifically the recently adopted Chapter 4 of MARPOL Annex VI on Energy Efficiency Regulations for Ships.

The other objective of the workshop was for the participants to have a greater understanding and appreciation on the requirements and implications of implementation and enforcement of MARPOL Annex VI in order for them to be able to lead their Governments‟ efforts in strategic targeting for development of relevant legislation, tools and measurements for compliance, monitoring, and enforcement by both Port State and Flag State Controls.

The workshop covered the following main topics over three days:

  • The International Regulatory Framework for Preventing Pollution from Ships
  •  MARPOL Annex VI – Prevention of air pollution from ships including Chapters 1 to 3.
  • Overview of the GHG issue and the role of international shipping
  • MARPOL Annex VI, Chapter 4 - Regulations for Ship Energy Efficiency
  • Host country presentation on MARPOL Annex VI and GHG emissions
  • Emissions Control Areas (ECA) for NOx, SOx and PM control
  • Alternative fuels and SOx scrubbers
  • On Shore power supply and green port initiatives
  • Guidelines supporting Chapter 4 of MARPOL Annex VI on EEDI
  • Guidelines supporting Chapter 4 of MARPOL Annex VI on SEEMP
  • Further measures to enhance the energy efficiency of ships
  • Energy efficient ship design and technical energy efficiency measures
  • Energy efficient ship operation and operational energy efficiency measures
  • Implementation and enforcement of MARPOL Annex VI
  • MARPOL Annex VI – potential impact on marine GHG emissions and fuel consumption
  • MARPOL Annex VI - future capacity building activities

As such, the workshop provided the participants with relevant information for a better understanding of IMO working practices, MARPOL Annex VI and ship Energy Efficiency including EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index), SEEMP (Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan), EEOI (Energy Efficiency Operational Indicator) and wider aspects of GHG emissions. Also, the workshop provided information on the tasks needed for enforcement in relation to newly adopted regulations including Flag State aspects and Port State Control as well as the future likely impacts of these regulations. The issue of Technical Cooperation and IMO activities in this regard were also covered.

The training workshop was conducted very interactively. Participants consisted of both Governmental maritime and ministerial sectors from a large number of the Wider Caribbean small regional countries. They expressed significant interest on the subject and actively took part in the workshop deliberations. They demonstrated their willingness in understanding the details of regulations, importance of reducing all air emissions and implementation aspects of MARPOL Annex VI in particular on how to mitigate the impact of shipping on climate change.

For more information, please download the report here.


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