National Training Course on the MARPOL Convention, Bar, Montennegro, 12-14 June 2007 – Jun 12, 2007

A National Training Course on the MARPOL Convention was organized in Bar, Montenegro between the 12 and 14 June 2007 by the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) and the Maritime Safety Department of the Republic of Montenegro.  The training course, which was held within the framework of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) and REMPEC’s training programme, was one of the capacity building activities being implemented by REMPEC in Montenegro in accordance with the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Development of National Capacities of Montenegro for Prevention of, Preparedness for and Response to Marine Pollution from Ships signed between REMPEC and the Ministries responsible for environment protection and maritime affairs of Montenegro in 2005.

The objectives of the training course were to familiarize participants with the MARPOL Convention and to provide the necessary knowledge and information that is required to implement the provisions of the Convention.

Mr. Jonathan Pace, Senior Programme Officer at REMPEC, acted as the training course co-ordinator whilst Mr. Fernando Plaza, former Senior Deputy Director at the Maritime Safety Division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Captain Klass Jan Bolt, Senior Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Transport and Public Works of the Netherlands, acted as training instructors and lecturers.

The training course was attended by inter alia representatives of relevant national institutions involved in the protection of the marine environment in Montenegro.  A certificate of attendance was presented to participants at the end of the training course.