TRACECA Maritime Safety and Security II

NTU has organized a workshop between 11 and 13 March 2015 on the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) in Bucharest, Romania. The ISPS Code provides a standardized, consistent framework for managing risk and permitting the meaningful exchange and evaluation of information between Contracting Governments, companies, port facilities, and ships. Participants from Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine actively took part during the three days activities. In mid-May, another workshop will take place in Batumi, Georgia. This time the focus is on the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), which is an International Labour Organization convention established in 2006. The participants will be familiarized with the background and structure of the convention, as well as being introduced to experience in MLC integration of other countries such as Bulgaria and Turkey. Future planning for the first half of the year 2015 includes other events. First week of June is planned for International Ship and Port Facility Security Training in Odessa, Ukraine. Three weeks after Bulgaria will host the international maritime conference on ‘IMO e-Navigation/EU e-Maritime current status and implementation in Black Sea and East Mediterranean region’. Moreover, the month July will not mean a holiday period for the TRACECA project. NTU will organise a workshop on the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) in Chisinau, Moldova. The knowledge of this convention is significant for the participants as it is the main international convention covering prevention of pollution of the marine environment by ships from operational or accidental cause.