by Marie Kauna – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
A workshop organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in collaboration with International Maritime Organisation and Australian Maritime Safety Authority was opened on Monday for Pacific Island maritime administrations who are facing issues with their maritime environment protection and security.
The workshop will help assist the current Pacific Island countries to prepare them for their International Maritime Organisation Member Audit. The audit will identify potential failures and challenges that slow the member’s responsibilities and obligation.
This will help the administrations to better understand the process as to how they can work to address the audit findings.
According to SPC Deputy Director, transport, economic development division, Thierry Nervale, “the workshop will prepare maritime administrations in the Pacific Island countries to be audited by the IMO”.
Advice on the different structures and mechanisms to enhance the particpants capacity to work effectively will also be provided. This will equip them to drive towards meeting the provisions relevant of the IMO’s Instruments implementation code.
The workshop will also help the participants to enhance their performance capabilities, and put into practice other applicable instruments apart from their normal workflow of responsibilities and obligations.