PERSGA has organized in collaboration with the IMO GloBallast Partnerships Project a National Training Workshop on Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement (CME) of the Ballast Water Management Convention for Flag and Port State Control in Sudan. The workshop was carried out for four days September 2nd-5th 2013 in Port Sudan kindly hosted by the Sudanese Maritime Ports Authority. Opening addresses were given by the Red Sea Sate Minster of Environment, Head of Sudanese Maritime Ports Authority and PERSGA Representative, Regional Coordinator of the GloBallast Partnerships Project. The activity was supported by the GEF UNDP GloBallast Partnerships project. The training was delivered in Arabic using the finalized CME training package developed by the GloBallast Partnerships project in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Maritime University (WMU), with support from IMO ITCP, the Total Foundation and the MPA of Singapore; and translated to Arabic by PERSGA.
The CME training workshop was delivered by Dr. Mohammad Badran, PERSGA and two consultants from the Region: Eng. Waleed Alsuheimat, Jordan and Dr. Abdullah Naser, Sudan. Representatives of the Sudanese Maritime Ports Authority also contributed in delivering parts of the material. About 40 participants representing different stakeholders concerned with ballast water management in Sudan attended the workshop. The workshop included, on the second day, a field visit to the Red Sea Fisheries Research Station where a coastal water sample was collected and its plankton content seen under microscope in the laboratory. The third day also included a field visit on board of the M/V JIN ZHOU HAI in Port Sudan, where the participants were briefed by the Ship's Chief Engineer about the management of ballast water on board and procedures with Port State Control Officers. Participants also toured the ship guided by C/O and were shown how the level of ballast water in the tanks could be measured and samples for rapid and detailed tests could be collected. PERSGA would like to thank the Red Sea Fisheries Research Station and the M/V JIN ZHOU HAI for supporting the field work. The workshop witnessed active discussions between the participants and emphasized the importance of such national activity in capacity building of various stakeholders.
The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden