IMO Regional Workshop on Port Reception Facilities – Nov 26, 2012

Within the framework of the Integrated Technical Co-operation Programme (ITCP) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and in close co-operation with the Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM) and the Port of Antwerp, REMPEC is organising a Regional Workshop on Port Reception Facilities, which will be held at the Antwerp/Flanders Port Training Center (APEC) between 27 and 29 November 2012.  Although the Workshop would be conducted primarily in English, simultaneous interpretation English – French – English will be provided.

The main objectives of the Workshop are to:

  1. raise awareness on issues related to port reception facilities with the aim to reduce and ultimately eliminate the intentional pollution of the marine environment by ships;
  2. familiarize participants with the international regulatory requirements related to port reception facilities and waste management;
  3. provide the necessary knowledge and information with regard to ship-generated waste management using the practices in the port of Antwerp as an example; and
  4. present and discuss the procedures for enforcement of MARPOL requirements to secure the legal disposal of ship-generated wastes.

The Workshop is intended for senior government officials from national authorities responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), who are well versed in issues related to port reception facilities; and also for senior management staff from port authorities or organizations which have been designated to play a role in the setting up and operation of port reception facilities. In view of the objectives of the Workshop, participants should be well acquainted with problems associated with the setting up and operation of port reception facilities in their respective countries. Participants will be expected to present or discuss current practices and developments in their respective countries.