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WORKSHOP – 18th March, Brussels (12:00 – 15:30)

Participatory session on Maritime Transport

Facilitators: Xenia Theodotou Schneider (XPRO Consulting Limited) and Maggie Kossida (Seven).


The complexity and scale of the sources, drivers, types and impacts of marine litter are overwhelming the capabilities of government and private efforts to control it. Responses to this global problem are multifaceted, including cutting down plastic production, a reduction in packaging and single-use products, clean-ups, the transition to a circular economy and education.

This specific Maritime session aims at engaging You as a relevant maritime stakeholder, into an collaborating dialogue in order to draw the most critical conclusions for EU policy consideration for enabling sustainable maritime blue growth in view of emerging environmental issues. You will share your knowledge with multidisciplinary colleagues, and you will enlarge your knowledge and network. You will have the possibility to provide input to the policy discussions and to the “Supporting Effective Ocean Governance” Manifesto.


In working groups, you will openly discuss the role of Ocean Literacy and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in Maritime Transport, to highlight societal and sector needs (current and emerging), identify gaps and challenges in co-creating and sharing knowledge, and flag key enablers that can enable Maritime Ocean Governance. Each working group will engage into a Game applying parts of the RRI Roadmap to address Ballast Water Management and focusing on the triggering question:

“How can Ballast Waters be better managed through Ocean Literacy and Responsible Research and Innovation actions to make Martine Transport sustainable while safeguarding the marine environment?”

The conclusions of the session will be presented at the conference’s plenary session and formulated into “key messages” in the “Supporting Effective Ocean Governance” Manifesto that will be officially presented to the EU Parliament on the 20th of March 2019.


Ballast Water Management

To prevent the spread of harmful aquatic organisms through ballast waters, the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediments (BMWC) (IMO, 2004) entered into force in September 2017, establishing standards and procedures for the management and control of ballast water and sediments. These standards are applicable to vessels of 172 IMO member states. Challenges to control invasive species include high cost of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS), as well as issues related to their installation, operation and maintenance.

Moreover, shipowners are not focusing on the effects of invasive species since these are not necessarily felt in any economic way. Furthermore, different rules and type of approvals exist among countries/ flags. Technical developments to further address the problem of invasive species have intensified focusing on prevention, early detection and eradication of invasive alien species (citizens in science).

In this context, Responsible Research and Innovation in processes, services and technologies and Ocean Literacy on the impacts, can boost solutions to achieve sustainable maritime transportation while safeguarding the marine environment.


Session II – Parallel Workshop
Effective RRI and OL in Maritime Transport
Part 1
12:00 Welcome and Agenda Overview, Goal of the Session
12:05 – 12:15 Quick Introduction to OL and RRI
12:15 – 12:30 Quick Introduction in RESPONSEABLE and MARINA EU-projects
12:30 – 12:45 Introduction to the RRI Roadmap Introduction to the Ballast Water management challenge
12:45 – 13:00 Game Description, Scenario and Role Allocation Participants introduce each other in their Workgroups
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
Part 2
14:00 – 14:40 All play their role in the workgroups
14:45 – 15:00 Workgroups present their conclusions
15:00-15:30 Floor Discussion and Maritime Transport Session Conclusions
15:30 End of Parallel Session