rss icon Subscribe
desktop mobile

IMO-led Meeting Addresses Dumping at Sea

© intararit / Adobe Stock

Preventing pollution from dumping of wastes at sea relies on global frameworks, regional conventions and protocols and national regulations, the UN's shipping agency, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) said. To be effective, these need to be aligned and implemented effectively. This was the subject of a March 2 meeting organized by IMO's Office of the London Protocol and Ocean Affairs (OLCP&OA) and UNEP/MAP.

The meeting was attended by Barcelona Convention Contracting Parties, other UN Regional Organizations (including HELCOM, PERSGA) and representatives from the Central Dredging Association (CEDA) and IMO.

Participants shared best practices relating to two key instruments regulating the dumping of wastes at sea: the Mediterranean Action Plan and Barcelona Convention Dumping Protocol. The Dumping Protocol was amended in 1995 to align with the London Protocol but has yet to enter into force.

The meeting brought together national experts on dumping activities, permitting and enforcement authorities that are involved in implementing these instruments to:

  • Provide information on recent developments to the Barcelona Convention Contracting Parties on the dumping at sea of waste issues at global and regional levels;
  • Provide guidance to the Barcelona Convention Contracting Parties on compliance monitoring programs under the Dumping Protocol; and
  • Identify best practices with regards to national implementation of the Dumping Protocol mainstreaming regional and global good practices.

Fifteen Barcelona Convention Contracting Parties (Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain, Syrian Arab Republic and Tunisia) are London Convention Parties, and six (Egypt, France, Italy, Morocco, Slovenia and Spain) are also Parties to the London Protocol.

Mar 5, 2021



Enabling America’s Offshore Renewable Energy Opportunity

© Fokke / Adobe Stock

Offshore wind (OSW) energy is a new focus for the U.S. under President Biden, who highlighted it

US FMC Eases Service Contract Filing Requirements

© STOCKSTUDIO / Adobe Stock

Shippers and carriers will soon have more flexibility in meeting service contract filing

Algoma Fined for US Dumping Violations

© Russ Milland /

Canadian shipping company Algoma Central Corporation was fined $500,000 in the U.S.


Singapore Launches $90 Million Shipping Decarbonization Fund

© joyt / Adobe Stock

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) announced two initiatives on Wednesday to

Algoma Fined for US Dumping Violations

Canadian shipping company Algoma Central Corporation was fined $500,000 in the U.S. after pleading guilty to dumping wastewater into Lake Ontario.One of the Great Lakes

Crowley Tug Running on Cleaner-burning Biofuel

(Photo: Crowley)

A Crowley ship assist and escort tug serving the Bay of San Francisco is now running on

Maritime Apps