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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) Division of Maritime Affairs facilitated a three day workshop organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Maritime University (WMU).
The workshop provided assistance to the International Maritime Organizations (IMO) member states with the formulation of National Maritime Transport Policies and raised national awareness on the importance of national maritime transport policies.
Twenty five (25) representatives from various Government ministries/agencies, NGO’s and the maritime sector participated and engaged in meaningful dialogue with a view to form the basis for developing the policy which could form or be parallel to a broader national ocean governance policy.
The workshop which was described as capacity building is also provided the necessary knowledge and required skills to those involved in the preparation of a national transport policy. Key deliverables of the workshop included:
- The offer of technical assistance was extended to the GOSL in the form of Legal Drafters Training and other capacity building areas;
- The reviewing of existing Maritime legislation, including drafts Regulations;
- The assessment of the Maritime Division.
The workshop also allowed participants to articulate their varying inputs on their respective sectors for consideration into the Draft National Maritime Transport Policy.
Mr. Christopher Alexander, Director of Maritime has lauded this IMO/SLASPA initiative as a comprehensive approach to enhancing and coalescing diverse facets of the Maritime Sector. He further stated, “The workshop presented us with an opportunity to guide Saint Lucia on the Open Ship Registry concept as well as provided us with advice on a structured and holistic manner to implement legislation and meet obligations for a well respected Registry.”
The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority believes Saint Lucia’s Maritime sector is better off and more knowledgeable after this three day workshop and wishes to extend its many thanks to the IMO/WMU for this timely intervention.
The workshop took place from Wednesday June 22, 2016 to Friday, June 24, 2016 at the Ministry of Infrastructure’s, Conference Room.
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