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EC proposes changes to Sulphur Directive

Amendments to the Sulphur Directive to bring it in line with MARPOL Annex VI The European Commission has put forward a proposal for amendments to the Sulphur Directive to bring it in line with MARPOL Annex VI as agreed in 2008. The proposals however go further than MARPOL and to that extent are being opposed by the European Communities Shipowners Association (ECSA).An ECSA statement says: During the consultation period prior to the adoption by the Commission, ECSA stressed that no new elements going beyond MARPOL Annex VI should be included. Regretfully the draft proposal includes a new requirement of 0.1% sulphur limit in 2020 for passenger ships in non-ECA areas.ECSA also complains that the fuel availability clause in MARPOL Annex VI on the protection afforded in the event of non-availability of compliant fuel has not been incorporated in the proposal.In addition ECSA notes: The by now well known problem with the application of 0.1% sulphur content in the three ECAs (Baltic, North Sea, English Channel) has not been taken into account. European shipowners fear a modal shift from sea to land.The proposal is now going through the process of discussions with EU member states and the European Parliament and ECSA ...

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IMO environment meeting completes packed agenda

Marine Environment Protection Committee 62nd session: 11 to 15 July 2011 IMO adopted amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to designate the United States Caribbean Sea as a new emission control area (ECA); to designate the Baltic Sea as a Special Area with respect to pollution by sewage from ships; and to adopt a revised Annex V related to the control of garbage, at the 62nd session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), which met from 11 to 15 July 2011 at the IMO Headquarters in London.IMO also adopted mandatory measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from international shipping (see press briefing 42/2011).The MEPC also designated the Strait of Bonifacio as a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) and adopted the first-ever international recommendations to address biofouling of ships, to minimize the transfer of aquatic species.In other matters, the MEPC approved a number of ballast water management systems and adopted guidelines related to the implementation of both the ballast water management and ship recycling Conventions.Energy efficiency measures adoptedMandatory measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from international shipping were adopted by Parties to MARPOL Annex VI represented in the MEPC(see ...

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Consideration and adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments

MEPC 62 Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 At the sixty second session of the IMOs Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) held at the IMO this week, the Committee: adopted amendments to MARPOL Annex IV (Development of Special Area provisions and the Designation of the Baltic Sea as a Special Area) and associated MEPC Resolution; adopted amendments to MARPOL Annex V (Revised MARPOL Annex V) and associated MEPC Resolution; adopted amendments to MARPOL Annex VI (Designation of the United States Caribbean Sea Emission Control Area) and associated MEPC Resolution.Amendments to MARPOL Annex IV (Development of Special Area provisions and the Designation of the Baltic Sea as a Special Area). In summary, the amendments are as follows:New paragraphs were added to Regulation 1, namely:- New definition of a Special Area;- The Baltic Sea Area being designated as a Special Area.A new requirement for passenger ships while in a special area, to be equipped with either a sewage treatment plant, type approved by the Administration, taking into account the standards and test methods developed by the Organization, or a holding tank of the capacity to the satisfaction of the Administration for the retention of all sewage, having regard to the operation of ...

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New regulations to reduce greenhouses gases from ships may be adopted

IMO has developed a final version for amendments to MARPOL Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 After long debates and negotiations, the IMOs Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 62) has developed a final version for amendments to MARPOL Annex VI aimed to reduce ships greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The adoption may be reached by the end of this week through consensus rather than though voting. Therefore, as an interim report, below is a brief description of the amendments which MEPC 62 may adopt.The consensus for the adoption of these amendments to MARPOL is reached by adding two additional provisions: one promoting technical cooperation and transfer of technology, the other providing an waiver so that Administrations could chose to delay the enforcement of the amendments for up to 4 years.The amendments, due to come into force 1 January 2013, can be summed up as follows:1. New ship (building contract as from 1 January 2013 and delivery not later than 30 June 2015) will have to meet a required Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI). In addition, all ships, new and existing are required to keep onboard a ship specific Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) which may form part of the ship's ...

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USCG and US EPA to jointly enforce air pollution requirements for vessels operating in U.S. waters

their agreement to jointly enforce Annex VI of MARPOL On June 27, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard announced their agreement to jointly enforce Annex VI to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), as implemented in the United States by the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) by way of a Memorandum of Understanding.Annex VI of MARPOL addresses air pollution from ships through the use of both engine-based and fuel-based standards. Since January 8, 2009, all U.S. flagged vessels and non-U.S. flagged vessels operating in U.S. waters must be in compliance with the regulations of MARPOL Annex VI and the APPS provisions implementing Annex VI.Holland and Knight have produced an alert which discusses the specifics of the Memorandum and other details of importance to the maritime industry.Source: USCG/ USA EPA Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

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NOx reduction kits available for engines on ships built before 2000

Engines of more than 5 MW -installed onboard ships built between 1 January 1990 and 31 December 1999 Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Operators are reminded that, when MARPOL Annex VI amendments were adopted, one new provision was to require that engines of more than 5 MW, installed onboard ships built between 1 January 1990 and 31 December 1999 should install methods for NOx emissions reduction (kits) when such kits are available and approved by an Administration.Ships with engines for which the kits are approved would have the obligation to fit them at the first renewal survey which is scheduled after 12 months from the date of which IMO issues the information on approved kits.We were made aware that the IMO has issued in October 2010 and in February 2011 MEPC.1/Circ. 738 (to view click here) and MEPC.1/Circ. 743 (to view click here) respectively with Information on Approved Methods Under MARPOL Annex VI. The NOx emissions reduction methods are promoted by MAN B&W and by Wartsila Switzerland Ltd respectively, andboth were approved by Germanischer Lloyd on behalf of the Danish and German Administrations respectively.The Appendix to the Notice of Compliance in MEPC.1/Circ 743 lists a number of ships (identified ...

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RINA is authorized by USCG to conduct surveys for US flagged cargo and passenger vessels

RINA has received delegation for Load Line, SOLAS, MARPOL, ISM, and Tont surveys for US flagged nage Genoa-based classification society RINA has been authorized by the U.S. Coast Guard to conduct plan review and approval and initial and subsequent surveys for U.S.-flagged cargo and passenger vessels. Under the agreement signed yesterday, RINA has received delegation for Load Line, SOLAS, MARPOL, ISM, and Tonnage survey and certification services.The MOA delegating authority and establishing guidelines for co-operation between the USCG and RINA was signed at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington yesterday, by Rear Admiral Paul F. Zukunft (Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship) USCG and Ugo Salerno, CEO, RINA.RINA was the first international classification society to sign a co-operation agreement with the USCG for foreign-flag passenger ships using US ports, and since then has worked hard with the Coast Guard to ensure that US passengers sail on safe ships. Today this new agreement recognizes the success of that agreement and makes RINAs services available to the wider US shipping industry.Source: RINA

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