MEMBER states of the Indian Ocean Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control have met in Fremantle to discuss the implementation of new environmental standards.
The International Maritime Organization’s 2020 sulphur emissions cap, the Polar Code and ballast water management were focal points of meetings which were hosted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
Member states represented at the meetings include Australia, Bangladesh, France, India, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Qatar, South Africa, Sudan and the United States.
AMSA general manager of operations, Allan Schwartz, paid credit to the power of regional cooperation within the Indian Ocean MOU.
“Regional cooperation delivers real outcomes,” Mr Schwartz said.
Indian Ocean MOU chair and Kenyan State Department of Transport Shipping and Maritime assistant director, Beatrice Nyamoita, said regional cooperation and engagement would be essential to meeting new environmental standards.
“We have to take a coordinated approach, the so-called blue economy is a major contributor to many countries’ GDP,” Ms Nyamoita said.
“We need to keep our waters clean so they can continue to provide for shipping and fishing.”