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Ballast Water Management discussed during MEPC 64

IMOs Marine Environment Protection Committee from 1 to 5 of October, 2012 Discussions at the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 64) this week include the following items of particular interest on ballast water management.As noted previously, INTERTANKO, along with several co-sponsors, submitted a paper on ballast water management for consideration at this meeting of the MEPC. In its paper, INTERTANKO and the co-sponsors outline the four challenges affecting ratification and effective implementation of the BWM Convention as:1. need for revision of the Guidelines for approval of ballast water management systems (G8) to improve transparency and ensure appropriate robustness of ballast water management systems (BWMS);2. availability of BWMS and sufficient facilities to install BWMS;3. survey and certification requirements for ships constructed prior to entry into force of the BWM Convention;4. sampling and analysis procedures for port state control purposes.Regarding the problems with the type approval process, MEPC agreed not to open up the type approval guidelines (G8) for revision. However, there was agreement that the issues raised in the INTERTANKO paper needed addressing. As such, an MEPC Resolution would be revised to provide greater transparency and expand on the information that would be supplied with the type approval documentation - ...

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Energy-efficiency, ballast water management and ship-recycling rules on MEPC 64 Agenda

MEPC 64th session from 1 to 5 October 2012 The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meets for its 64th session from 1 to 5 October 2012, at IMO Headquarters in London.As well as discussing matters relating to the implementation of energy-efficiency, ballast water management and ship-recycling regulations, the MEPC will also consider formally designating the Saba Bank, in the North-eastern Caribbean area of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, as a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA).Work to continue on energy-efficiency measures for ships The MEPC is expected to continue its work on further developing technical and operational measures relating to energy-efficiency measures for ships, based on a work plan agreed at the last session. This follows the adoption of the new chapter 4 of MARPOL Annex VI, which enters into force on 1 January 2013 and includes new requirements mandating the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), for new ships, and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for all ships.This work will include the development of guidelines for determining minimum propulsion power and speed to enable safe manoeuvring in adverse weather conditions and the development of EEDI frameworks for ships not covered by the current ...

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Training required on historical data retrieval from OCM

PSC Alert Based on latest circular issued by Marshall Islands we have been advised that based on recent U.S. PSC examinations, crew members have been requested to retrieve historical data from Oil Content Meters (OCM) which meet the MEPC 107(49) requirements.On several occasions, crew members were not familiar with how to retrieve historical data from the OCM and in these instances, the vessels were issued action code 17, "rectify before departure," deficiencies. Also on one occasion, the inability to demonstrate retrieval of historical data led to the identification of a defective OCM.For vessels equipped with OWS filtering equipment complying with MEPC 107(49), officers and crew members must be thoroughly familiar with the operation and maintenance of the equipment, which includes the ability to retrieve historical data from the OCM in accordance with manufacturer's instructions and as indicated in MEPC 107 (49) and as paraphrased as follows:"The 15 ppm Bilge Alarm should record date, time and alarm status, and operating status of the 15 ppm Bilge Separator. The recording device should also store data for at least eighteen months and should be able to display or print a protocol for official inspections as required. In the event the 15 ppm Bilge ...

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Market-based measures for greenhouse gases from ships on agenda

IMO MEPC 63 27 - From February to 2 March 2012 Market-based measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping will be among the key items on the agenda of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), when it meets for its 63rd session from 27 February to 2 March 2012, at IMO Headquarters in London.The MEPC will also discuss issues relating to the implementation of the ship recycling and ballast water management conventions and consider the adoption of amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) relating to reception facilities in Small Island Developing States. Market-based measures to address the reduction of GHGs The MEPC will continue to consider a number of proposals for market-based measures (MBMs), to assist the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping.This follows the adoption, in July 2011, of amendments to MARPOL Annex VI Regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships, to add a new chapter 4 to Annex VI on Regulations on energy efficiency for ships to make mandatory the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), for new ships, and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for all ships.The ...

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Resolutions adopted by the 61 and 62 Sessions MEPC IMO

MPA Singapore issues circular MPA Singapore issues circular redardig Resolutions adopted by the 61 and 62 Sessions of the Maritime Environmental Protection Committee ( MEPC) of IMO as follows:This circular informs the Shipping Community on the resolutions adoptedby the 61st and 62nd sessions of the Marine Environment Protection Committee(MEPC) of IMO and urges the Community to prepare for the implementation ofthese resolutions.For more information, click here.Source: Singapore MPA

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Revised Guidance on the recording of operations in the Oil Record Book (ORB)

To correct a number of clerical mistakes within the initial guidance MEPC.1/Circ.736 Members are advised that IMO has issued revised guidance for the recording of operations in the ORB. The reason for the amendment was to correct a number of clerical mistakes within the initial guidance MEPC.1/Circ.736 which is now revoked. A copy of the revised guidance can be seen here.However, please be advised that for reasons we do not understand at this time, the IMO Secretariat has changed the recording format of the dates to "dd/mm/yyyy" (the original guidance used the format "dd-MONTH-yyyy").To add to the confusion, the third bullet point of the General Guidance in MEPC.1/Circ.736/Rev.1 now reads as follows: "Dates should be entered in dd/mm/yyyy format, e.g. 16-MAR-2009".Please notify your ships about this inconsistency and the change in format. It is a clerical issue which can be explained by the crew as long as they are made aware of the conflicting guidelines IMO has issued.The INTERTANKO Secretariat has approach the IMO Secretariat for clarification on this matter.Source : INTERTANKO

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IMO-List of Unified Interpretations of the MARPOL Convection since MEPC 45

MEPC 1/Circ 754 IMO issues MEPC 1/Circ 754 as follows: The Marine Environment Protection Committee, at its sixty-second session (11 to 15 July 2011), agreed that future Unified Interpretations (UIs) to regulations under MARPOL Annexes should be circulated by MEPC circulars, and as annexes to the Committee's reports.The Committee also agreed to issue a circular with a list of UIs of the MARPOLConvention adopted since MEPC 45, with a view to facilitating their dissemination (MEPC 62/24, paragraph 7.27).For more information, click here.Source: IMO

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GL Exchange Forum – Report on MEPC’s 62nd session

The adoption of EEDI and SEEMP marked the session The subject of Carbon Dioxide dominates the future of many industries today. Whether it be the Shipping, Automotive, Aviation, or Power Generation industries the questions of how to account for, reduce, produce, capture and minimise the impact of Carbon Dioxide generated by that industry is seldom left out of the discussion.So it was Germanischer Lloyd's traditional recap of the latest session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of International Maritime Organization (IMO), focused on the groundbreaking developments at the 62nd session.The 62nd Session was notable for several reasons, the use of a vote to approve the measures rather than by consensus and the establishment of a North American emissions control area for example. However it was the adoption of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) that marked the Session as being of historical significance.Adopted as amendments to Annex VI of the MARPOL Regulations these measures, when they enter into effect, will represent the first global mandatory carbon dioxide reductions implemented by any industry.The forum was held on 25 August at GL's Head Office in Hamburg. More than 100 representatives from the maritime ...

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Chemical tankers get EEDI reprieve

IMO has agreed to include the cubic capacity correction factor A reprieve for chemical tanker operators came with the news that the IMO's MEPC has agreed to include the cubic capacity correction factor proposed by IPTA in the EEDI formula.IPTA general manager Janet Strode said that this was an important inclusion within the EEDI that would allow low density cargoes, such as methanol and MTBE, to continue to be loaded as close to deadweight as possible.The MEPC said; "The (working) group agreed to integrate the correction factor into the EEDI calculation guidelines, and doing so would enhance credibility and confidence in the EEDI formula. However, the group considered that the correction factor presented in document MEPC 62/6/13 would require fine tuning."This fine tuning is due to take place at an intersessional working group meeting due to be held next January, 2012.Addressing propulsion and manoeuvrability in bad weather, the working group said; "The group noted that the guidelines for determining minimum propulsion power and speed to enable safe manoeuvring in adverse weather conditions should be developed in a relatively short time, since the guidelines are referred to in the regulatory framework of the EEDI as being voluntary."The committee summed up by ...

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