Completion of the National Train-Implement Courses

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All 7 MEPSEAS countries have completed the National Train-Implement Courses relating to 3 marine environment protection conventions.

The main objective of the training courses was to build up the participating countries' capacity to effectively implement their selected high-priority IMO Conventions including the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships (AFS) Convention, the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, and Annex V of the Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). This was achieved by continuing the Legal, Policy and Institutional Reforms (LPIR) process initiated under the IMO-Norad Foundation Project (2013-2017) through the delivery of a specialized training package, developed by IMO using the Train-X methodology under the MEPSEAS Project. The package, generically named Train-Implement was focused on implementing the selected IMO conventions into national legislation.

Participants included national technical officers and personnel from a wide range of stakeholders whom are interested in the development of a strong and clear regulatory maritime framework. The training was generally held at the selected maritime institutes in each country. The Train-Implement package consisted of two distinct parts; the first part being dedicated to the technical aspects contained in the selected conventions whilst the second part was focused on legal drafting.

During the second part of the course, the participants were separated into several groups and practised drafting the technical regulations, bearing in mind the training package technical materials. The separate groups then came back together to create a common template which considered their specific national situation and current maritime legislation and framework.

Each national training was highly successful due to the combined efforts of IMO and each participating country. IMO provided the materials, technical expertise and experts, whilst each MEPSEAS country provided selected participants, with the necessary background in maritime law, compliance or enforcement as well as the training venue and a resource team comprising of the National Focal Points, National Consultants and National Training Experts involved in the MEPSEAS project.

Date Country Convention
3 - 7 June 2019 Vietnam AFS & BWM
15 - 19 July 2019 Cambodia MARPOL Annex V
22 - 24 July 2019 Thailand MARPOL Annex V
29 July - 1 August 2019 Indonesia AFS & BWM
6 - 8 August 2019 Malaysia BWM
30 September - 4 October 2019 Myanmar BWM & MARPOL Annex V
7 - 11 October 2019 Philippines AFS & BWM
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