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    IMO Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) 6th Session
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    merrac
    Date
    2019-04-15
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    IMO Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) 6th Session

    (18-22 February 2019, London, United Kingdom)

     

    The Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) held its sixth session from 18 to 22 February 2019 in London IMO Headquarter, chaired by Mr. Sveinung Oftedal (Norway). The session was attended by delegations from Member Governments and an Associated Member of IMO, specialized agencies and by observers from international organization and non-governmental organizations. Ms. Siyeon Lee, the consultant, participated at the meeting as a representative of NOWPAP MERRAC.

    The Sub-Committee on PPR deals with all matters relating to pollution prevention and response which falls within IMO’s remit. This ranges from all annexes of the MARPOL Convention through to the control and management of harmful aquatic organisms in ships’ ballast water and sediments; biofouling; anti-fouling system; pollution preparedness, response and cooperation for oil and hazardous and noxious substances; and the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships. The Working Group on the Evaluation of Safety and Pollution HNS works under the auspices of the PPR Sub-Committee.

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    This year at PPR 6 session, MERRAC submitted a document with the help of IMO secretariat under the agenda of ‘Guide on Practical methods for the implementation of the OPRC convention and the OPRC-HNS protocol (PPR 6/15/1)’ on the name of ‘Support to the implementation of the OPRC Convention and OPRC-HNS Protocol through the UN Environment Regional Seas Programme’ in order to provide an overview of IMO’s cooperation with organizations and RACs. MERRAC were particularly picked as one of the best practices in the area of regional cooperation on marine pollution preparedness and response together with REMPEC and RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe.

    In this document, MERRAC briefly described the activities and their achievements of MERRAC, introducing Regional Oil and HNS Spill Contingency Plan (RCP), NOWPAP joint and communicative oil and HNS spill response exercises (DELTA and BRAVO), specific projects and RAP MALI projects, etc. Especially, MERRAC were asked to introduce the practical use of online pollution reporting system (POLREP) which enables real-time exchange of information between the competent national authorities of the member states during the Sanchi spill incident occurred in early 2018.

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    During the IMO PPR 6 session, MERRAC also participated in the Drafting Group (DG) on OPRC Guidelines which to develop ‘Guide on the Implementation of the OPRC Convention and the OPRC-HNS Protocol’ chaired by Mr. Ole Kristian Bjerkemo (Norway), also attended by delegations from 18 member governments, 2 United Nations and specialized agencies, 1 observers from intergovernmental organization and 5 observers from the intergovernmental organization.

    The Group deeply discussed to finalize the draft guideline and recommended and agreed 4 courses of action to the Sub-Committee. The Group also recommended on how to promote the guideline after its finalization. The Sub-Committee agreed to the final draft of the Guide on practical methods for the implementation of the OPRC Convention and OPRC-HNS Protocol for submission to MEPC 74 with a view to approval and subsequent publication. And once published, the Sub-Committee requested the IMO secretariat to explore the possible development of a short video, translating the Guide into other languages, development an e-version to highlight good practice and experiences in the effective implementation of the OPRC Convention and the OPRC-HNS protocol.

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    This participation of MERRAC in PPR 6 session and submission of relevant document under the agenda item with other Regional Seas Programme (RSP) of UNEP was a huge opportunity to promote our activities and achievements on regional cooperation of NOWPAP member states. Taking this into account, it is considerably important to MERRAC to submit regular updates by developing agenda to the PPR meeting.

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