25/11/2013 Energy Efficiency and Cutting Green House Gas Emissions from Ships; MARPOL Annex VI

The Regional organization for the Conservation of  Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden has organized  its Headquarters in Jeddah during the period November 25th - 26th 2013 a Regional Training Workshop on Energy Efficiency and cutting GHG emissions from ships. The workshop has been supported of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) International Technical Cooperation Program (ITCP); who also provided the course material prepared by the World Maritime University (WMU). The course inaugurated by H E PERSGA Secretary General was attended by about 25 participants and facilitated by an International Consultant Dr. Aykot Olcer from WMU, a Regional Consultant Captain Mutaz Farrag from the Arab Academy in addition PERSGA Expert Dr. Mohammad Badran.

The Issue of GHG Emissions from shipping is the focus of IMO MARPOL Convention Annex VI, namely in Chapter 4 of the Annex; Regulations for Energy Efficient Operation of Ships. This is a legally binding instrument that has entered into force on January 2013. Therefore, State Parties and their Administrations have to be prepared to meet the requirements , obligations and schedules defined under  this most recent Annex of MARPOL Convention.

The workshop aimed at promoting awareness in the region with the issue of GHG emissions from ships, shedding light on the latest MARPOL requirements that include establishment of ship’s Energy efficient design index (EEDI) on new ships, as well as certification requirements and the development of ships Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for all ships.  Fore practicality, the Chapter put  a schedules for these measures to be applied  on ships, that is  January 1st 2013 for SEEMP on all ships and EEDI on new ships. For old ships the EEDI is scheduled to be reduced gradually over 3 phases on 1 Jan 2015, 1 Jan 2020, and 1 Jan 2025...

The two-day workshop provided an effective platform for participants to exchange views and expertise on the subject. The workshop supported qualifying the participants to carry out similar workshops at the  national basis to their counterparts collaborating with different interested  administrations and organization. Participants were provided with full copies of the training materials including powerpoint presentations and material handoutsThe participants expressed their satisfaction  with the course believed that they will be using the material they learned in their job and will be able to spread the information to more colleagues.

The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden