Specifically, the Committee has planned to meet from 13 to 17 of May, at IMO Headquarters in London and will be chaired by Mr Hideaki Sato (Japan).

The Committee will focus on a wide agenda, including reducing GHG shipping emissions, the implementation of the sulphur 2020 limit and Ballast Water Management Convention and devising an action plan for marine plastic litter. Several working group/drafting groups are expected to be established from these discussions.

IMarEST has submitted five papers on behalf of its membership to MEPC74, relating to ballast water, emissions from shipping and biofouling.

The first submission presents the practicality and safety concerns in relation to practising ballast water exchange plus treatment (BWE+BWT). The document will expand on the safety considerations previously raised by the IMarEST at MEPC73 and will identify jurisdictions that require this practice and the expected benefits alongside an outline of the practicality and safety of the practice.

This is accompanied by a summary document of the currently available indicative analysis instruments – devices that could be used to test for compliance for the ballast water performance standard.

The second submission consists of two documents, containing comments on MARPOL Annex VI. The first has comments on an amendment to regulation 14 of Annex VI, that was agreed at the 6th meeting of the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR6) that extended the usage of the verification procedures given in appendix VI of that Annex to also cover in-use and onboard fuel oil samples.

The subsequent one provides comments on the draft 2019 guidelines for port State control (PSC) following PPR6 developing a revised version of the existing 2009 PSC guidelines in respect of the application of MARPOL Annex VI.

The final submission will provide an update on informal discussions and information sharing on biofouling.

The IMarEST has co-sponsored the submission led by Australia, Canada, Finland, the Netherlands and New Zealand.