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International workshop "Pan-pacific blue shipping"

Host/Venue: Vietnam Maritime University
Focal Point: Vietnam Association of Marine Environment and Nature (VAMEN)
International Partner: Pacific Environment, San Francisco, USA

This two-day workshop will convene stakeholders (academics, government officials, civil society) for environmentally clean and safe shipping from around the Pacific Rim. Attendees will share information on best practices and developments in their respective regions, with particular focus on Asia and the Arctic, two regions that must prepare for significant increases in commercial shipping in coming years.
The overall goal of the workshop is to build momentum toward implementing ‘’blue shipping’’ practices by developing a common understanding of the threats posed by shipping, priorities for action, and next steps for collaborative action.
Particular topics to be covered during the workshop include:
-       Emission control regulations for shipping to limit air and water pollution in coastal waters and port cities
-       The use of shipping protected areas to prevent damage to corals and collisions with marine mammals and turtles 
-       'Choke points’ of oil spill risk and developing safe routing measures 
-       Relevant global trends in trade and shipping, e.g. Panamax 
-       Creating a pan-Pacific NGO coalition to campaign for clean shipping
-       Environmental challenges of local shipping (short afternoon field trip to Nam Dinh Vu Port).
Expected outputs
-          Information about environmentally-responsible shipping is shared among all participants,
-          An action plan for a Pan-Pacific ‘blue shipping’ coalition is developed with inputs from governments and concerned NGOs.
50 participants who are government, academics, regulators, civil society from:
International: Russia, US, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka
Viet Nam: relevant national Ministries, Marine Protected Areas, research institutions, NGOs, IMO, Port Authorities, city government, Northern Center for Oil Spill Response, and the local media.
-       Host/Venue: Vietnam Maritime University (VMU)
-       Focal Point: Vietnam Association of Marine Environment and Nature (VAMEN)
-       International Partner: Pacific Environment (PE), San Francisco, USA
Vietnam Maritime University (VMU) was established on April 1, 1956, operating initially as a vocational school. VMU has been assigned the task of educating and training the maritime experts and scientists who provide for the nation’s ‘blue’ economy. With a rich history of 60 years, the University has made important contributions to the transportation industry, national economy, and defense. Amidst current, rapid social – economic development of the country and need for national security, the University has set itself a target of “being a regional and national center of scientific research and technical transfer for successfully implementing the national sea strategy”.
Vietnam Association of Marine Environment and Nature (VAMEN) is a non-profit member of the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE) established in 1996. Its main function is to provide consultation and social input rgarding conservation, protection, and management of the marine environment and resources in Vietnam. VAMEN is also the focal point for the ‘Environmental and Maritime Security for a Blue South China Sea’ (in Vietnamese: Bien Dong Sea) event series which is being held in Vietnam’s Haiphong city.
Pacific Environment (PE) is a San Francisco-based environmental non-profit that has been working since 1987 with grassroots partners around the Pacific Rim to advocate for safe environments and sustainable economies. PE has consultative observer status within the International Maritime Organization (IMO), where it recently campaigned successfully for new environmental and safety regulations for Arctic shipping (the Polar Code, which entered into effect on January 1, 2017).
Date: April 17­th –18th, 2017
Venue: Vietnam Maritime University
Viet Nam Maritime University 484 Lach Tray - Ngo Quyen - Hai Phong, TEL: (+84)31 3829 109 E-mail:
Tentative Agenda




April 16

Participants arrive to Hai Phong

Check-in Hotel

April 17: Welcome





Welcome address

Haiphong’s People Committee, VMU


Organizers’ remarks, introductions

Mr. Nguyen Chu Hoi, VAMEN


Overview of the Workshop Objectives and expected outputs


April 17, morning session: How does the shipping industry impact the environment, and what is the future vision for environmentally-responsible shipping? International perspectives.

9:00 – 10:10:

1) Plenary: International viewpoints on environmentally-responsible shipping: how does shipping currently impact various geographies in the Pacific, and what trends are expected for the future?

Facilitated by: Nicole Portley

Perspectives from the Russian Arctic, Alaskan Arctic, China, and Southeast Asia. In this session, speakers will review the impacts of shipping in their respective regions and what trends are expected for the future:

9:00 – 9:15

Pacific Blue Shipping: A vision for an environmentally-pesponsible future for the northern and southern shipping routes

Alexey Grigoriyev, Russian Socio-Ecological Union and Alexey Knizhnikov, WWF Russia

9:15 – 9:30

The Alaskan Arctic's path to shipping sustainably: the Polar Code and beyond

Kevin Harun, Pacific Environment

9:30 – 9:45

The environmental impacts of and future vision for shipping in China

Freda Fung, National Research Defense Council Hong Kong

9:45 – 10:00

The environmental impacts of and future vision for shipping in Vietnam

Mr. Do Duc Tien, Vietnam Maritime Authority

10:00 – 10:15

The environmental impacts of and future vision for shipping in the Southeast Asia region

Cheryl Rita Kaur, Maritime Institute of Malaysia

10:15 – 10:40

Q&A panel of plenary speakers

All participants

10:40 - 11:00

Coffee break/ Group Photo


11:00 - 12:00:

2) Work in groups on specific impact types

Facilitated by Kevin Harun & Alexey Knizhnikov

2-1 Coastal pollution from shipping and ports

2-2 Shipping impacts to high-value marine biodiversity

Building upon the plenary presentations, this working group session will broaden the discussion of how shipping is impacting different localities. Participants, particularly those who are not presenting to plenary, are encouraged to make short presentations within their working groups: identifying key geographies to protect from impacts, quantifying impacts to the extent possible, acknowledging what other threats are overlapping, and pointing out knowledge gaps that need to be filled.

12:00 – 12:30

Groups report back to plenary


15 minutes each, summarizing details of presentations and discussions




April 17, afternoon session: How can regions successfully mitigate the environmental impacts of shipping?

13:30 – 15:00:

3) Plenary: Tools for achieving a ‘blue’ shipping industry: What actions have been taken at regional scales?Facilitated by Bui Thi Thu Hien

In this session, speakers will provide insights into mitigation strategies that they have been directly involved in implementing.


13:30 – 13:40

Emission Control Zones in China

Freda Fung, NRDC Hong Kong

13:40 – 13:50

IMO Region-Specific Regulations: the Polar Code

Kevin Harun, Pacific Environment

13:50 – 14:00

Prevention of pollution from ships through the establishment of Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs) within the South-East Asia region: Vietnam

Pham Xuan Duong, Pham Thi Duong, Vietnam Maritime University

Best Practices

14:00 -14:10

Marine Mammal Avoidance in the Arctic

Nicole Portley, Pacific Environment

14:10 -14:20

Vietnam’s MPA network

Bui Thi Thu Hien, IUCN Viet Nam

14:20 -14:30

The Philippines’ MPA Network

Jimely Flores, Oceana Philippines

14:30 – 14:50

Coffee Break


Civil Society Campaigns NGOs

14:50 – 15:00

The coal campaign in Russia: coal terminals on Primoriya’s coast


Vladimir Slivyak, Ecodefense (Russia)

15:00 – 15:10

Environmentally-responsible shipping and the oil and gas industry


Alexey Grigoriyev, Russian Socio-Ecological Union and Alexey Knizhnikov, WWF Russia

15:10 – 15:20

Ensuring that new port investments are environmentally-responsible: lessons from Sri Lanka

Ravindranath Dabare, Centre for Environmental Justice Sri Lanka

15:20 – 15:30

Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas –

Research Proposal for Vietnam Sea

Mr. Du Van Toan, Vietnam Administration of Seas and Islands

15:30 – 15:40


Mr. Bui Van Minh, Hai Phong Port Authority

15:40 – 15:50



15:50 – 16:30: 

4) Working groups: Prioritization

The morning working groups reconvene to develop Top 3 priorities for solutions (i.e., geography-problem-solution) to be implemented in Southeast Asia in response to their particular threat

Facilitated by Nicole Portley

16:30 – 17:00

Working groups report Top 3 priorities back to plenary

10 minutes each.



5) Discussion of Draft workshop declaration as a common platform highlighting concern about shipping’s impacts in the Pacific Rim and a commitment to use the tools reviewed at the meeting going forward to address the threats in the priority geography.

Facilitated by: Nguyen Chu Hoi, VMU



Nicole Portley


April 18: Finalizing the Declaration, NGO session, field trip

8:30 – 10:15:

Plenary: Adoption of the workshop declaration and further discussion of next steps (open discussion)

Facilitated by: Bui Thi Thu Hien & Kevin Harun

10:15 – 10:30



10:30 – 12:00:

NGOs representatives gather to discuss:

-       Creating a pan-Pacific NGO coalition to campaign for clean shipping

-       Developing an Action Plan for Southeast Asia shipping


12:00 – 13:00



13:30 – 16:00

Adjourn and departure for field trip to Nam Dinh Vu Sea Port

Check out Hotel/ VMU



Depart to Hanoi

All participants