Preview: Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), 52nd session: 11-15 October 2004
Annex I, Annex II and IBC Code set for adoption at environment meeting
The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime
Organization (IMO) is set to consider for adoption revised regulations relating
to prevention of pollution by oil and by noxious liquid substances carried in
bulk and to adopt a revised code for carriage of chemicals in bulk, when it
meets for its 52nd session from 11-15 October.
Annex I (oil)
The revised MARPOL Annex I Regulations for the prevention of pollution by
oil incorporates the various amendments adopted since MARPOL entered into
force in 1983, including the amended regulation 13G and new regulation 13H on
the phasing-in of double hull requirements for oil tankers. It also separates
hardware from operational requirements in different chapters and makes clear
the distinctions between requirements for new ships and for existing ships.
The aim of the revision is to produce a user-friendly, simplified Annex I.
Annex II (noxious liquid substances carried in bulk)
The revised Annex II Regulations for the control of pollution by noxious
liquid substances includes a new four-category categorization system for
noxious and liquid substances.
The MEPC is also expected to adopt an MEPC resolution on Guidelines for the
transport of vegetable oils in deep tanks or in independent tanks specially
designed for the carriage of such vegetable oils on board dry cargo ships.
The guidelines have been developed to allow general dry cargo ships that are
currently certified to carry vegetable oil in bulk to continue to carry these
vegetable oils on specific trades.
The revised and updated International Bulk Chemical Code (IBC Code), set for
adoption at the session, reflects the changes to MARPOL Annex II.
Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs)
The MEPC will consider the designation of the Western European Waters as a new
PSSA and the extension of the existing Great Barrier Reef PSSA to include the
Torres Strait Region, following the consideration of Associated Protective Measures
(APMs) linked to the two PSSAs by the Sub-Committee on Safety of Navigation
(NAV 50), which met in July.
The MEPC will also
consider proposals to amend the Guidelines for the Identification and Designation
of Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (contained in resolution A.927(22))
with a view to preparing amendments to strengthen and clarify the guidelines
for future designation of PSSAs.
organisms in ballast water
At its last session, following the adoption in February this year of the International
Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments,
the MEPC approved a programme for the development of 13 sets of guidelines,
in preparation for implementation of the Convention, with priority given to
the Guidelines for approval of ballast water management systems and the Procedure
for approval of active substances.
The MEPC will consider
the outcome of the work of the Third Intersessional Meeting of the MEPC Ballast
Water Working Group which will meet ahead of the MEPC from 4 to 8 October and
the outcome of the Working Group which will also meet during the session. It
is expected that the Committee will approve, in principle, the two priority
sets of Guidelines for further consideration and adoption at MEPC 53 in mid-2005.
The MEPC will consider issues relating to ship recycling, including the outcome
of the work of a Correspondence Group which was established to work on implementation
issues relating to the IMO guidelines on ship recycling, including development
of a ship recycling plan for each ship to be recycled and criteria for ships
to be declared "ready for recycling". It is anticipated that a working
group on ship recycling will be established.
The MEPC is expected to consider the report of the correspondence group on greenhouse
gas emissions from ships. The work included the consideration of a greenhouse
gas emission baseline for international shipping and the assessment of methodologies
to describe the greenhouse efficiency of a ship
for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships, contained in Annex VI of
MARPOL, are set to enter into force on 19 May 2005
Oil and HNS
Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation
The MEPC will consider issues relating to implementation of the OPRC Convention
and the OPRC-HNS Protocol.
The Oil Pollution
Preparedness, Response and Co-operation (OPRC)/OPRC-HNS (Hazardous and Noxious
Substances) Technical Group will meet from 4-8 October and will report to the
MEPC on its work on a number of issues, including the development of an IMO
Manual on Oil Spill Risk Evaluation and Assessment of Response Preparedness;
contingency planning for and response to HNS incidents; and development of guidelines
on facilitation of response to oil pollution and possible application to HNS
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