An European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) representative trained the participants on preparing for an effective enforcement of the global 0,50% sulphur limit, making use of the various guidelines developed by IMO and the extensive experience with enforcement of low sulphur requirements in European Emission Control Areas (ECAs).

Specifically, participants identified existing challenges and barriers that prevent the ratification of MARPOL Annex VI, such as concerns about associated costs for the refinery industry and ship owners.

The workshop identified ways to overcome these barriers, building on the experience of those four countries (out of the 12 attending) that have already ratified MARPOL Annex VI.

MARPOL Annex VI sets the reduction of the global sulphur limit from the current 3.5% to 0.5% which will come into effect from January 1, 2020; Local bunker suppliers can follow specific steps, 'best practices', to ensure effective implementation and enforcement of statutory requirements of the MARPOL Annex VI.

Moreover, those taking part in the workshop agreed on recommendations to support additional ratification and implementation of MARPOL Annex VI in the Latin American region.

Additionally, a representative of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean outlined ways for the maritime sector in the region to contribute to further reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.

The workshop was hosted by DIRECTEMAR, supported by the Government of Malaysia,  and attended by participants from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.