From 13 to 17 October 2014, the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) gathered, to celebrate the 67 session at Headquarters of the IMO, in London, England. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Arsenio A. Domínguez (Eng.), Panama’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the IMO.
In recognition of his excellent work and achievements, Mr. Dominguez has been re-elected unanimously, as chairman of this Committee, for the year 2015. The nomination to re-election was presented by the United States of America, supported by Singapore, and various other state members of the IMO.
It’s worth to notice that the MEPC is one of the most important committees of the IMO, in which issues impacting the global shipping are discussed. Panama, thanks to the representation of Mr. Dominguez (Eng.) is presented as a global leader in the maritime environment through the making of decisions of great importance.
Among the many important issues on the Committee’s agenda, we can highlight: the implementation of energy efficiency measures for ships and the evaluating of potential additional operational measures, completion of the Code for ships operating in polar waters, the proper implementation of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments and the Recycling of Ships Convention, the Study of greenhouse gas of IMO 2014, various amendments to the MARPOL Convention and other tools.