Seen as a major step in regional efforts to protect the Caribbean marine environment. CSA immediately signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CARIBMEPA.
“In signing the MOU with CARIBMEPA, the CSA is joining the framework of CARIBMEPA and giving support to the activities and the movement to protect the Caribbean Sea,” said Juan Carlos Croston, president of CSA.
CARIBMEPA will act as a consolidator for marine environment issues and actions in the Caribbean; be an umbrella organization for engaging industry, regulators, governments, conservation groups, educators and more in protecting the marine environment; as well as a focal point for facilitating the implementation of MARPOL in the Caribbean, and educate the public about protecting the marine environment.
CARIBMEPA will join NAMEPA in promoting and assisting the implementation of MARPOL, which is the main International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, said Carleen Lyden Walker, co-founder/executive director of the North America Marine Environment Protection Agency (NAMEPA).
“While 86% of nations in the Wider Caribbean Region had ratified MARPOL, only 24% have implemented it, leaving the region vulnerable to marine pollution,” said Walker.
Rawle Badaloo, a past president of the CSA, is Co-leader of CARIBMEPA and the CSA’s representative. Currently, CARIBMEPA is an “association of associations” including NAMEPA (North American Marine Environment Protection Association) , OAS-CIP, American Salvage Association (ASA), RAC/REMPEITC, Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA), Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), MTTC Caribbean, Port Management Association of the Caribbean (PMAC), Caribbean Maritime University, Central American Commission of Maritime Transport (COCATRAM) and Women in Maritime Association- Caribbean (WiMAC).