(With Eda Adriana Rivas Franchini, Foreign Minister of Peru)
World Maritime Day Parallel Event in Peru, 2-3 October 2013
On behalf of all IMO Members and the maritime community as a whole, I should like to express my sincere thanks to the Government of Peru for inviting IMO to bring this year’s World Maritime Day Parallel Event to Peru; and my appreciation for the excellent arrangements made for the conference and the unforgettable hospitality.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to President Humala and Foreign Minister Rivas, to both of whom I had the honour to pay courtesy visits, and to Defence Minister Pedro Cateriano Bellido who presided over the whole of the conference. My thanks also go to the General Commander of the Navy, Admiral Carlos Tejada Mera, and the Director General of Captaincy and Coast Guard, Vice Admiral Edmundo Deville del Campo for organising all the events. My special thanks go to Ambassador Julio Munoz, who kindly accompanied me throughout my tour in Lima. During the proceedings, we discussed wide-ranging issues covering;
- How the shipping industry can reduce CO2 emissions under IMO regulations
- The importance of IMO mechanisms to designate Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas such as the Paracas National Reserve
- Challenges for the maritime community in implementing the Ballast Water Management Convention
- Implementation of the MARPOL Convention
- The IMO audit scheme
- How to reduce administrative burdens for the implementation of IMO regulations
- Future prospects for the container trade, and port developments
- Seafarer training and welfare
- Technical cooperation and the role of the World Maritime University
I appreciate the excellent contributions made by all speakers and presenters to the success of the event. I was greatly encouraged by the lively discussions. I am sure that the event reconfirmed that IMO is the right Organization to provide the institutional framework for a sustainable maritime transportation system.
We recognised that maritime investment would be essential for the current and future economic growth and prosperity of Peru, and we witnessed the significant efforts of the Government to ensure the necessary port developments required for future maritime transport needs, to strengthen coast guard capacity and shipbuilding yards, and to enhance seafarer training facilities with the decision to build a new training tall ship for the first time in the history of Peru.
Social events included a technical visit to the port Callao and the port expansion project, as well as various cultural events.
The long maritime heritage of Peru has been well demonstrated by the explorer Thor Heyerdahl. His 1947 voyage across the Pacific Ocean on the balsa-wood raft Kon-Tiki departed from Callao.
The Parallel Event provides an excellent opportunity to show host country’s maritime tradition and maritime heritage, both to participants in the event itself and to the global maritime community. I think we should highlight this aspect of the country hosting the IMO World Maritime Day Parallel Events even more. In doing so, we could, in the future, create a wonderful catalogue of the world’s maritime heritage.
Next year’s Parallel Event host will be Morocco and we eagerly look forward to next year’s event which, I am sure, will be another excellent opportunity to highlight the importance of IMO’s activities and of the maritime transport system, which we are all supporting through the cooperation and collaboration mechanisms of IMO.