SAFEMED Steering Committee meeting hosted by Jordan Maritime Commission – Oct 10, 2018

The IMO Secretariat participated in the second Steering Committee Meeting of the EU-funded SAFEMED IV project taking place in Aqaba, Jordan on 10-11 October 2018, and hosted by the Jordan Maritime Commission.

The SAFEMED project coordinated by the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) between 2006 and 2013 is managed by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), since the launch of SAFEMED III, in June 2013. The SAFEMED project provides technical assistance to eight southern and eastern Mediterranean countries and territories* aimed at enhancing flag and port State capacities, the human element in shipping, security of ships and ports as well as the protection of the marine environment of the Mediterranean Sea from ships. 

Roel Hoenders of the IMO Secretariat, represented REMPEC at the meeting. Due to its presence and long-standing experience in the Mediterranean, REMPEC contributes to the implementation of a number of SAFEMED IV activities, notably those related to the protection of the marine environment which complement REMPEC’s own work on promoting the ratification and implementation of IMO’s environmental conventions in the Mediterranean, such as MARPOL Annex VI, the Ballast Water Management Convention, OPRC-90 and the OPRC HNS Protocol.

IMO also presented its views on further cooperation between REMPEC and EMSA on enhancing sustainable shipping in the Mediterranean.

* Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. Palestine is also a beneficiary of the project.