Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.13 / Trend, E.Ostapenko /
The Caspian and Black Sea countries' maritime administrations will discuss implementation of the project on the Pollution Prevention for the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (SASEPOL) within the TRACECA transport corridor in Baku Oct.18-22.
For this purpose, Baku will host the first five-day workshop on ratification and implementation of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution From Ships (MARPOL) and its six annexes.
Development of Common Security Management System and Cooperation in the Area of Maritime Safety and Ship Pollution Prevention for the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (SASEPOL) is a €3.4 million EU-funded project. The project will be completed in August 2011.
The project is intended to improve the adoption of international legislative frameworks and conventions for maritime transport, security and environmental protection in Black and Caspian Sea countries such as Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.
Training participants will be representatives of the national maritime administrations, port administrations and maritime training institutions from Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Ukraine, as well as project stakeholders from the Black Sea Commission and TRACECA.
This is the first of two training events scheduled this year aiming to encourage SASEPOL direct and indirect beneficiaries (Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine; and Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey) to pursue further ratification, proper implementation and enforcement of the MARPOL Convention (reception facilities).