WildAid and Cotecna Certificadora Services hosted a four-day course earlier this month for officials from Agrocalidad, the Galapagos National Park, the Galapagos Government Council, and Charles Darwin Foundation. The training course focused on improving participants’ knowledge about international maritime regulations and practices related to the inspection of boats, containers, and cargo for the protection of human and environmental safety. A three-hour visit to Trinipuerto, a port facility in Guayaquil, Ecuador, was incorporated to provide participants with hands-on experience in international port and cargo ship operations.
Cotecna is an international certification organization that ensures compliance with International Maritime Organization, MARPOL, and Safety of Life at Sea regulations, among others. The instructors are experts in maritime shipping standards, and the course had a strong focus on understanding the need for those standards, as well as the internationally accepted methods of their application in all aspects of marine transport and infrastructure. There were four instructional days from September 3rd -6th. There were a total of 22 participants and several WildAid staff on hand, as well as two Cotecna instructors.