The Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC), based in Valletta, held a regional workshop in Athens about the ratification and implementation of the new revised Annex VI – Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships, of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).
Its main objective was to raise awareness among senior government officials from Mediterranean coastal states about the new revised MARPOL Annex VI, which came into force on 1 July, 2010.
Annex VI limits the main air pollutants contained in ships’ exhaust gas, and prohibits deliberate emissions of ozone depleting substances. Any lack of certification or failure in demonstrating the necessary compliance with Annex VI can effectively impede a ship from international trade.
Participants came from 18 contracting parties to the Barcelona Convention.