The Regional Train-The Trainers Workshop was held at the Maritime Port Authority (MPA) on 28 – 30 May 2019 in Singapore. This event was a major component of the MEPSEAS training strategy, which was developed with a view to assist the participating countries with building capacity and implementing the chosen marine environment protection conventions.
In preparation for this event, IMO created 3 specialized training packages which cover the Anti-Fouling Systems Convention (AFS), the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) and Annex V of the Prevention of Pollution from Ships Convention (MARPOL).
The main aim of the workshop was to familiarize the selected National Training Experts with both the training packages and the techniques by which knowledge and skills in drafting legislation could be enhanced at the national level through the National Train-Implement Courses.
As a result of the logistical efforts provided by IMO and MPA, combined with the participation of IMO staff, consultants, guests and participants, the event was a huge success. Attended by at least 2 National Training Experts from each participating country, the packages were discussed, acknowledged and validated as useful and relevant in providing basic knowledge to capacitate public officers and personnel involved in drafting laws and implementing and enforcing flag and Port State Control (PSC) rules and regulations.
This Regional Train-The-Trainers Workshop provided the much-needed base for the following National Train-Implement Courses in which the training packages were delivered and tailored to the requirements of the individual MEPSEAS countries.