29/04/2014 National Workshop on Energy Efficiency and Cutting Green House Gas Emissions from Ships

In collaboration with the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency “EEAA”, the Regional organization for Conservation of  the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden has organized a National Training Workshop on Energy Efficiency and Cutting GHG emissions from Ships.  The workshop took place at the Centre of Emergency Mutual Aid in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden “EMARSGA” during the period April 28th  - 30th 2014. The workshop comes in fulfillment of recommendations of a Regional workshop conducted in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during November 2013 in collaboration with 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 was attended by about 30 participants representing different National authorities and agencies concerned with shipping and environmental management in Egypt. 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 of 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.  For practicality, the Chapter put 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 three-day workshop provided an effective platform for participants to exchange views and expertise on the subject. Participants were provided with full copies of the training materials including powerpoint presentations and material handouts. The 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. Also a set of recommendations has been stipulated at the end of the workshop that would help Egypt fulfill its commitments towards this legally binding international instrument.

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