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Training Course on Development and Implementation of MARPOL Annex VI

Batumi, Georgia,

12-14 September 2016

The 1997 Protocol to amend the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) incorporated a new Annex VI in the Convention. The annex addresses air pollutants from the operation of ships and introduces mandatory technical and operational measures such as the implementation of an Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships and a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for all ships of 400GT and above. Annex VI seeks to improve the energy efficiency of ships as a means to reduce shipping GHG emissions which contribute to global climate change.

However, the full and effective implementation of Annex VI is a challenge for many countries, Malaysia included, due to inadequate policy and legislation framework to facilitate and promote energy efficient ships. Following this, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) initiated the “Transforming the Global Maritime Transport Industry towards a Low Carbon Future” through Improved Energy Efficiency (GLOMEEP) in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to enable selected pilot countries to take the lead in the respective developing regions to pursue relevant Legal, Policy and Institutional Reforms (LPIR), capacity building, and enhanced private-public partnerships for innovation and technology deployment.

Malaysia, along with Argentina, China, Georgia, India, Jamaica, Morocco, Panama, the Philippines, and South Africa were selected as lead pilot countries for the GLOMEEP project. Researchers from MIMA’s Centre for Ocean Law and Policy were appointed by the Marine Department Malaysia as national consultants to undertake a rapid assessment to determine Malaysia’s maritime energy efficiency and emissions status, develop a maritime energy efficiency strategy, and draft legislation to implement Annex VI.

At the three-day training course organised by the IMO and the Maritime Transport Agency of Georgia the national consultants had a hands-on guide to the development of LPIR in implementing MARPOL Annex VI. Day One provided an overview of the guidance documents prepared through collaboration between the GEF-UNDP-IMO GLOMEEP Project and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST). Day Two coincided with the Georgia International Maritime Forum. Day Three was a detailed training into the use of each guidance document.

MIMA benefited significantly from the training and will be looking into the best practices of other lead pilot countries in developing LPIR. MIMA is committed and will continue to contribute constructively to the implementation of IMO’s marine environment protection conventions.

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