HOSTED REGIONAL COURSE ON BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT, FEBRUARY 19-22,
through the Maritime Authority of Jamaica hosted the International Maritime
Organization (IMO) approved introductory course in Ballast Water Management
in the Wider Caribbean at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston from
February 19-22, 2008.
was organized by Regional Activity Centre/Regional Marine Pollution
Emergency Information and Training Centre/Wider Caribbean Region (RAC/REMPEITC-Carib)
and the Global Ballast (GloBallast) Partnership Project Coordination
Unit at IMO and host country Jamaica.
was an introductory one geared towards personnel having different skills,
knowledge and experience in ballast water related issues. The course
had as one of its objectives the provision of a common set of knowledge
and skills to all participants to enable them to take appropriate action
in their various capacities, with a view towards promoting uniform implementation
of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention.
the introductory course in Ballast Water Management, regional capacity
building was also foremost among the objectives. According to Mr. Dandu
Pughiuc of the IMO, "the need for training and capacity building
was identified as one of the barriers to the effective implementation
of Ballast Water Control and Management measures from the very early
stages of the GloBallast programme." In his opening address to
participants in the course, Rear Admiral Peter Brady, director general
of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica also spoke to the importance of
this introductory course in Ballast Water Management. Rear Admiral Peter
Brady had this to say: "the course will provide a sound basis for
education about the subject area and will equip participants to act
as trainers in their own right within their respective countries."
countries included Bahamas, Brazil, Colombia, Curacao, Cuba, Netherlands
Antilles, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela and Jamaica.
were Dr. Enir Girondi Reiss, Dr. Flavio da Costa Fernandes, Mr.Alexandre
de Carvalho Leal Neto from Brazil and Mr. Curtis Roach the Regional
Maritime Advisor for the Caribbean.
Matheickal, chief technical advisor of the Global Ballast Water Management
Programme and Mr. Dandu Pughiuc, Head of the Marine Bio-Safety Section
of IMO were also in attendance.
hosting of this course was as a result of discussions between Dr Jose
Matheickal, from the Marine Environment Division of the IMO and Rear
Admiral Peter Brady, director general of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica.
is one of the four States within the region which were selected by the
IMO-Glo-Ballast Programme to act as 'Lead Partner Country' (LPC) in
the Caribbean in the rendering of assistance with training and the development
of policy initiatives and other technical cooperation matters which
may be needed to provide the institutional framework necessary for the
implementation of the Ballast Water Management Convention. Jamaica's
membership on the IMO Council also means that it has to play an active
role in initiating and coordinating training in maritime matters at
the regional level.