Consolidation and Implementation Training Course on the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, 2004 – May 08, 2012

The Consolidation and Implementation Training Course on the BWM Convention will be held in Malta between the 8 and 9 May 2012. The Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) is organizing the Training Course within the framework of the EU-funded MEDA Regional Transport Project, “Euromed Cooperation on Maritime Safety and Prevention of Pollution from Ships – SAFEMED II” (MED 2007/147-568) and in close cooperation with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).

The main objectives of the Training Course are to familiarize the participants with ballast water management issues and with the provisions of the BWM Convention; to familiarise the participants with the rights and obligations of Parties to the BWM Convention in particular port/coastal States’ obligations; to provide 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 BWM Convention; and to identify best practices in the monitoring and enforcement of the BWM Convention requirements.

The Training Course is aimed at junior and middle level technical and administrative officials from maritime administrations, who have not yet benefitted from BWM training in the past, and who are, or would be, responsible for the implementation of the BWM Convention within their respective Administrations. The working languages of the Training Course will be English and French.