The Thirteenth Meeting of the Focal Points of the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) has prompted discussion of the possibility of an Emission Control Area (ECA) for sulphur oxides under MARPOL Annex VI for the Mediterranean Sea.
The Malta-held meeting was attended by over 80 participants from 19 Mediterranean coastal States and European Union, as well as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), other governmental and non-governmental organizations, the industry and associations.
“With its strategic location, the Mediterranean Sea is host to important transit lane and transhipment activities for international shipping and has seen a significant and rapid raise in cruise ship movements over the last two decades, becoming the second biggest cruising region in the world,” said REMPEC.
Other items agreed in the meeting include efforts:
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Photo credit: REMPEC
Published: 20 June, 2019
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