A three-day National Training Workshop on compliance, monitoring and enforcement (CME) of the Ballast Water Management Convention for Flag and Port State Control Officers was organized in Hurghada, Egypt from 2 to 4 December 2013. Welcome addresses were given by EMARSGA Director, Red Sea Port State Authority. About 30 specialists representing different Egyptian ageniceis concerned with ballast water management participated in the workshop. The activity was funded by the GEF UNDP GloBallast Partnerships Project. The training was delivered Arabic using the CME Training Package that has been 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, TOTAL Foundation and the MPA of Singapore; and translated to Arabic by PERSGA. The CME training material was delivered by Dr. Mohammad Badran, PERSGA Representative and Regional Coordinator of the GloBallast Partnerships Project and a national consultant Dr. Gehan el Sakka and Eng. Kamel Kazzaz GloBallast Partnerships ProjectNational Coordinator and Focal Point.
In addition to to the presentations the workshop included a field part. On the second day, a field visit to the National Institution of Oceanography and Fisheries (NIOF), Hurghada, was conducted, where a coastal water sample was collected and its plankton content seen under microscope in the laboratory. The second day also included a field visit on board of the Saudi Passenger ship (Mahabah) at the Port of Safaga where the participants were briefed by the the Fiurst officer about the management of ballast water on board. Participants also toured the ship and were shown how the level of ballast water in the tanks could be measured. 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