The GloBallast Project and PERSGA organised a three-day national training on sampling of ballast water in Aqaba, Jordan from 5 to 7 May 2014.
The objective of the training was to further raise awareness about invasive alien species and the Ballast Water Management Convention and more importantly to prepare the country for the sampling of ballast water for data collection prior to entry into force of the BWM Convention.
Participants came from all parts of the countrys institutions: the Ministry of Transport, the Jordan Maritime Commission, the Marine Scientific Station, the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, the Maritime Environment Protection Association, port State control officers, harbour master, scientists, ship agents etc. and were trained on the sampling and analysis methods for D-1 and D-2.
Thanks to the great collaboration between the harbour master and the ships, participants were able to board a ship and take samples of ballast water from the tanks manholes for sampling against D 1. Participants were shown how to use some of the equipment for this quite straightforward sampling and analysis.
We do hope that this training will be repeated in other of our Lead Partnering countries and that next time we will be able to board a ship with an operational treatment system on board!!! .
The GloBallast Project would like to thank Jordan and PERSGA for their excellent work in making it happen.
The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden