The International Forum on the ISPS code, an event organized by the Iberoamerican ISPS Network, is held annually since 2007, in different Latin American Countries and in Spain.
The objective of the Forum is to present the regional improvements on the application of the ISPS code, the Safety and Security Flag Ship of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in ships and port installations.
Corporacion Maritima and Philipe Cousteau Foundation represent the Network in Europe. Captain Rafael Lobeto Lobo former General Director of the Spanish Merchant Marine and the Admiral Gabriel Portal Anton, President of the Philippe Cousteau Foundation, are paramount in exchanging the European advances and experiences with the participant Governments in the subjects of the Maritime and Port Safety and Security and Marine Environment Protection.
This year, the Forum was held on 5th to 7th November in Bahia Blanca, Argentina and the MONALISA 2.0 project was the contribution from the European members of the Network: Spanish Maritime Safety Agency – SASEMAR, the Integral Safety Training Center Jovellanos, the Technical University of Madrid and Corporacion Maritima.
Mr. Lobeto Lobo officially presented the MONALISA 2.0 project with the support of Mr. Juan Luis Pedrosa, Director of SASEMAR, Mr. Rafael García, Director of CESEMI Jovellanos and Mr. Jose Luis Almazan from Technical University of Madrid. We also had a stand, where the Delegates and Participants could see the project videos, pick up the project brochures and receive the explanations on what is MONALISA and “how this project will Change the World”.
As a result, the participant Governments and Representatives from Angola, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, United States of America, Guatemala, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay, as well as the International Maritime Organization and the Economical Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL), issued a common Declaration where they officially ask within the International Cooperation Framework, for the exchanging, supporting and exporting of the European Models on the fields of Maritime and Port Safety and Security and Marine Environment Protection, with the support of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council.
At the same time, the Network invites to all of the MONALISA 2.0 project partnership to join the Forum in 2014, which will be held in Panama with the support of the Maritime Chamber of Panama, in order to present, exchange and share the progress of ML2.0, providing a new vision on the next generation Sea Traffic Management for the benefit of the global Maritime and Port industries.