On 12-16 November, 14 Flag State inspectors from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Ukraine met in Lisbon for the second session of a training course organised under the EU-funded Black and Caspian Sea Regions Project (BCSEA).
Following the high level of interest shown by the project’s beneficiary countries, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) further developed and improved the session, turning it into a more practical one as per the country proposals made earlier this year.
The participants interacted with 12 EMSA lecturers, as well as one from the Italian Coast Guard, as they analysed numerous case studies during the training session.
The goal of this exercise was to provide the Flag State inspectors from the project beneficiary countries with additional knowledge and expertise to conduct oversight inspections on national flagged vessels and to achieve compliance with the applicable international legal framework.
The BCSEA project aims to improve maritime safety and security, and to prevent marine pollution in the region. It does so by supporting the efforts of coastal states to implement relevant international legislation, approximate their regulatory frameworks with EU legislation and improve the performance of their maritime activities.
The project covers Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, Turkey and Turkmenistan.