Training that supports flag and port states is being provided by the UN-backed GloBallast Partnerships (GBP) programme. In July 2016, GBP and other partners conducted a pilot course on compliance, monitoring and enforcement of IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) at the International Maritime University of Panama.
It was arranged in co-operation with the Maritime Authority of Panama (AMP) and the aim was to enable the university to deliver the course in the future to prepare flag and port state control officers to apply the provisions of the BWMC.
In a statement at the time, GBP reported that attendees included representatives from AMP, the Ministry of Environment, the Panama Water Authority, the Panama Canal Authority, University of Panama, Technological University of Panama and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
In a similar initiative in Zagreb, Croatia, in November, GBP ran two training seminars. One provided an update on the implementation status of the convention, and the other looked at carrying out port biological baseline surveys. These involve making risk assessments and preparing inventories of marine life in and around commercial ports.
As well as local delegates, attendees from Egypt, Ghana, Jordan and Nigeria attended the events.