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REMPEC meeting mulls formation of Mediterranean ECA

20 Jun 2019

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:

  • to continue developing and strengthening pollution response capacity and cooperation at national, sub-regional and regional levels;
  • to launch a wide consultation process to prepare the draft post-2021 Mediterranean Strategy for Prevention of and Response to Marine Pollution from Ships; 
  • to explore and establish synergies between the Regional Plan on Marine Litter Management in the Mediterranean and the IMO Action Plan to address marine plastic litter from ships;
  • on the need to define a sustainable and collaborative approach to implement effectively the Offshore Protocol and its Action Plan.

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Photo credit: REMPEC
Published: 20 June, 2019


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