Capacity Building for the Ballast Water Management Convention

Caribbean Countries build capacity for implementation of the Ballast Water Management Convention at a regional training workshop- 14-15 November in Kingston, Jamaica.

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.