Capacity Building for the Ballast Water Management Convention
UNEP's Caribbean Environment Programme has partnered with the GEF-UNDP-lMO GloBallast Partnerships Project, International Maritime Organization (IMO) and RAC/REMPEITC-Carib (Regional Activity Center / Regional Marine Pollution Emergency, Information and Training Center) to convene a regional training workshop on compliance, monitoring and enforcement of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention. This workshop will be hosted in Kingston, Jamaica through the Maritime Authority of Jamaica between 14-15th November and will target Port and Flag State Control Officers from the Caribbean.
The Training Workshop is expected to provide practical knowledge on approaches to compliance, monitoring and enforcement related to the implementation of the Ballast Water Management Convention. Emphasis will be made on Port and Flag State Control procedures required under the Convention. Enforcing ballast water management requirements typically involves flag and port state control authorities inspecting national and foreign ships, reviewing ballast water certificates and record books, boarding selected ships to review documents and inspect equipment, and upon occasion using sanctioning powers to detain or levy monetary penalties on vessels for failure to meet their legal obligations.
The Ballast Water Convention requires ships to establish an on-board ballast water management system which will replace uncontrolled ballast water uptake and discharge operations. In the future, all ballast water will have to be treated on board before being discharged into the marine environment. This will reduce the potential transfer of organisms, e.g. small fishes, benthic organisms or plankton, or pathogenic bacteria, which are released into the environment when the ballast water is discharged and may become invasive.
The training is based on a training package that has been developed by the GloBallast Partnerships project in partnership with the lnternational Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Maritime University (WMU), with support from the Total Foundation and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.