4th Training of PTC on ” QUALITY, HYGIENE, SECURITY AND ENVIRONMENT – QHSE” » at Cotonou from 3rd -7th June 2019mark
VOCATIONNAL TRAINING PROGRAM FOR TRHE YEAR 2019
MODULE: ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
THEME: ” QUALITY, HYGIENE, SECURITY AND ENVIRONMENT – QHSE”
SESSION: FROM 03rd TO 07th JUNE 2019 – COTONOU-VTC
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Everybody knows that the marine environment is rich in resources which we are hardly aware of the third so far, whather they are fish resources, energy or scarce metals; moreover, the climate on the continent is determined by the changes taking place in the oceans and that almost all the oxygen necessary for life comes from the sea. By means of maritime transports, we exchange huge volumes of goods between the continents representing at least a thousand times greater than the quantities transported by air and land.
Oceans are so important for life on earth that it is an obligation for us to protect this environment in order to preserve its riches not only for ourselves but especially for future generations.
As a point of attachment to the sea every port must ensure its operation with the same concern for the protection of the ocean environment. To cope with that, all Actors working hand-in-hand with Regulation Agencies call for the application of strict standards of hygiene so as to protect our seas against pollution.
The directives set up for this purpose are set out in the “QHSE” anagram, the four letters of which the meaning is as follows:
1- QUALITY: This approach that each port imposes is not only intended to improve the services provided only to the Port’s customers and partners but also to ensure that they receive these services in hygienic conditions and that necessary actions are taken to put them out of any dangers related to pollution and deterioration of the working environment;
2- HYGIENE: this is compulsory on board as well as on land, so that men and goods which are transported by the ships are safe and beyond reach of all contamination by harmful materials which are dangerous for the life;
3- SECURITY: protecting people property against all pollution phenomena leading to the degradation of the marine or port environment one of the key elements of the security policy that surrounds the maritime environment and the port activities;
4- ENVIRONMENT: the protection of the environment is part of a global approach to fight against climate degradation whose effects on the oceans (warming) are having a dangerous impact on the whole life of living species. All our efforts must therefore converge towards the protection of the environment with a special regard to maritime and port activities.
Declined that way, the theme “QHSE” which is the theme of the PMAWCA VTC training N° 4 is a topic of great importance which is handled by the entire planet; millions of people are working everyday for the protection of the environment in general and marine in particular; therefore, the actors in the maritime and port fields have a major role to play.
However, it must be remembered that ships’ activities are a source of great pollution because of the solid and liquid wastes they generate everyday and which must be monitored and treated. On the other hand, ships may be subject to rangelands while on the move by endangering the goods being transported and sometimes including harmful products that are liable to endanger the life of the species living in the sea.
Once arrived in the port, some classified dangerous goods are to be watched and handled with care in order to avoid their nuisance to the people working on board during the landings, and on the ground during the handling.
These are some of the concerns that are contained in the regulations related to health and safety measures designed to protect the marine and port environment, through quality standards that must be known in order to apply them properly. Knowing that, we must be able to integrate environmental protection into the development policy of the Port; and it becomes a significant business asset to ship-owners concerned with the protection of their ships and the lives of seafarers; so far, they show great interest to the Ports classified as being “GREEN DESTINATIONS”.
The training N ° 4 proposed by the VTC-PMAWCA from June 3rd to 7th, 2019 is the ideal framework to go around this question in order to know:
The implementation of the Marpol Convention which deals with the monitoring, management and treatment of marine litter as well as the progress made in ports that have taken steps to take over the guidelines of this Convention;
A reminder of the issues related to the protection of the marine and port environment in the context of the fight against climate change and the latest developments in this area;
The practical arrangements that are used elsewhere for a good hygiene policy in the port supported by high quality standards.
All this concludes with the approach to be followed for the Certification of your Port to the “QHSE” standards in which Hygiene complements the directives related to Safety and the Environment.
This training is led by one of the QHSE Certified International Experts operating on the Port Platform of the Grand Port de Marseille France where the QHSE policy is established as a priesthood and where three major Operators are in charge of the waste monitoring and management.
The President of the Board
PMAWCA Conceded VTC