Djibouti is the
latest country to benefit from a national training workshop (held 2-5 August,
2021) on implementation and enforcement of the International Convention for the
Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).
The workshop particularly emphasized the
importance of MARPOL Annexe V, which focuses on prevention of pollution by
garbage from ships and prohibits disposal of plastics and restricts disposal of
other ship-generated solid wastes at sea.
The workshop underscored the importance of ratification of Annex VI
regulations to prevent air pollution from ships
The workshop, held
in Djibouti City and delivered in French, also underscored the importance of
ratification of Annex VI regulations to prevent air pollution from ships. Full
and effective ratification and implementation of the convention could help
improve the air quality in and around the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.
representative from the Marine Environment Division gave a presentation on
implementation of MARPOL Annex VI and recent developments within the IMO. A representative
from The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the
Red Sea & Gulf of Aden (PERSGA) updated participants on ongoing efforts to
designate the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden as a Special Area under MARPOL Annex I
and Annex V.
responsible for the prevention and control of pollution from ships were trained
on the management and operations of ship-generated waste reception facilities
at Djiboutian ports as well as given information about port reception
facilities around the world under the Global Integrated Shipping Information
System (GISIS). In addition to encouraging Port State Control to implement and
enforce MARPOL more consistently, the workshop worked to improve the overall
knowledge of participants about the MARPOL Convention and its current
requirements as well as recent developments.
Participants actively discussed full implementation of MARPOL
an active discussion about factors affecting full implementation of MARPOL,
including incomplete transposition of the convention and its amendments into
national legislation. Recommendations to address the existing barriers and the
need for activating the "Special Areas" status of the Red Sea and
Gulf of Aden were also on the agenda