MARAD engages stakeholders to develop strategy to implement IMO instruments

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Guyana Maritime Administration (MARAD) today convened a meeting along with stakeholders to develop an effective strategy to implement International Maritime Organisation (IMO) instruments.

Director General of MARAD, Claudette Rogers joined with a consultant from the Global Maritime Consultants Group (GMCG), Gail Stoll and the CEO of International Register of Shipping (IRS), Bijimon Punnoose to engage the stakeholders in this regard.

Rogers explained this meeting was arranged to kick off the Guyana International Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS) project and it comes on the heels of an audit which was conducted in February of this year.

The Audit of the Maritime Administration in Guyana looked at areas pertaining to IMO instruments, implementation of the triple I code, referring to coastal, flag and port state inspections.

“At the conclusion of the audit, there were four findings and one observation under general responsibilities and obligations of the state. Nine findings and two observations under flag state activities, four findings and no observations under coastal state activities and five findings and no observations under port state activities.” Rogers explained. She also indicated that there was an equal number of good practices which were revealed, as well as areas where improvements were could be facilitated.

IMO instruments are conventions and codes/rules, namely SOLAS, LSA code and MARPOL. The GMCG will play a critical role in assisting MARAD in moving towards corrective action for findings and strategic implementation.

Gail Stoll, an overseas-based Guyanese, said her involvement in the project provides her with the opportunity to give back to the development of such an important sector in her home country. Stoll says she looks forward to seeing MARAD in Guyana become a model in the Caribbean.

“Indeed, such a mammoth task will not be possible without the valuable feedback and active support of the stakeholders who are here today that is the reason why we are interacting with you, the well experienced and highly knowledgeable professionals who know the nitty-gritty of the maritime sector in and around Guyana.”

Bijimon Punnoose presented the scope of the project, its strategic objectives, flag, coastal and port state obligations in addition to the IMO findings and observations which were discussed.

Participants included representatives from MARAD, Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Transport and Harbours Department, Guyana Defence Force Coast Guard, Civil Defence Commission, National Frequency Management Unit, Environmental Protection Agency and the Ministry of Agriculture

Delicia Haynes.

Images: Jules Gibson.

 

Editor’s Note:

SOLAS – The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea is an international maritime treaty which sets minimum safety standards in the construction, equipment and operation of merchant ships.

MARPOL is short for marine pollution and MARPOL 73/78 is the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, and 73/78 for the years 1973 and 1978 when the convention was modified.

LSA code is a rule which provides international requirements for the life-saving appliances that are required by the SOLAS Convention. These include personal life-saving appliances such as lifebuoys, lifejackets, immersion suits, anti-exposure suits and thermal protective aids.

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