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

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

     

    The IMO Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) held its sixth session from 18 to 22 February 2019 at the London headquarters, 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 and non-governmental organizations.

    MERRAC was invited to brief the IMO PPR Sub-Committee on the practical use of its online pollution reporting system (POLREP) for real-time exchange of information between competent national authorities during the Sanchi spill incident in early 2018 and was represented at the meeting by its consultant Ms. Siyeon Lee.

    The Sub-Committee on PPR deals with all matters relating to pollution prevention and response within IMO remit, ranging from all annexes of the MARPOL Convention to the control and management of harmful aquatic organisms in ship ballast water and sediments as well as biofouling, anti-fouling systems, pollution preparedness, response and cooperation for oil and hazardous and noxious substances, and safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships.

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    In a document submitted through the IMO secretariat, MERRAC briefed the IMO Sub-Committee on the NOWPAP Regional Oil and HNS Spill Contingency Plan (RCP), NOWPAP joint communications and oil and HNS spill response exercises (DELTA and BRAVO) as well as RAP MALI, during a discussion on IMO cooperation with the UN Environment Regional Seas Programme in implementing the OPRC convention and the OPRC-HNS protocol. MERRAC was selected as one of the best examples of regional cooperation in marine pollution preparedness and response along with REMPEC and RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe.

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    MERRAC also participated in the Drafting Group on OPRC Guidelines which is developing the ‘Guide on the Implementation of the OPRC Convention and the OPRC-HNS Protocol’. The Drafting Group meeting was attended by delegations of 18 governments, 2 United Nations specialized agencies, 6 observer from intergovernmental organization.

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    The participation of MERRAC in the PPR 6th session and sharing of information on its work was a big opportunity to showcase to a global audience, NOWPAP achievements in promoting regional cooperation in protecting the ocean.

     

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