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IMO MEPC 69 OVERVIEW

04.26.16

Convention : BWM Ballast Water Management, MARPOL Annex I Oil Pollution, MARPOL Annex II NLS, MARPOL Annex IV Sewage, MARPOL Annex V Garbage, MARPOL Annex VI Air Pollution, Greenhouse Gases

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Bureau Veritas Report on MEPC 69

Introduction 

The Committee on Marine Environment Protection held its sixty ninth session from 18 April to 22 April 2016, in IMO headquarters in London. This report provides an overview on main points and results of the agenda items discussed. 

Agenda items of MEPC 69 
 

Agenda Item Subject
1 Adoption of the agenda
2 Decisions of other bodies
3 Consideration and adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments
4 Harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water
5 Air pollution and energy efficiency
6 Further technical and operational measures for enhancing energy efficiency of international shipping
7 Reduction of GHG emissions from ships
8 Amendments to MARPOL Annex V, Form of Garbage Record Book
9 Use of electronic record books
10 Identification and protection of Special Areas and PSSAs
11 Inadequacy of reception facilities
12 Pollution prevention and response
13 Reports of sub-committees
14 Promotion of implementation and enforcement of MARPOL and related instruments
15 Technical cooperation activities for the protection of the marine environment
16 Capacity building for the implementation of new measures
17 Analysis and consideration of recommendations to reduce administrative burdens in IMO instruments as identified by the SG-RAR
18 Application of the Committees' Guidelines
19 Work programme of the Committee and subsidiary bodies
20 Any other business
21 Consideration of the report of the Committee



Briefing 

Adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments (item 3) 

The Committee: 

  • 1 adopted amendments to MARPOL Annex II, appendix I, related to the revised GESAMP hazard evaluation procedure. 
  • 2 adopted amendments to MARPOL Annex VI, related to record requirements for operational compliance with NOX Tier III emission control areas. 
  • 3 adopted amendments to the NOX Technical Code 2008 related to the testing of gas-fuelled and dual fuel engines (will apply to engines installed on or after 1 September 2017). 
  • 4 adopted amendments to MARPOL Annex IV, together with the associated MEPC resolution; 
  • 5 adopted an MEPC resolution on the establishment of the date on which regulation 11.3 of MARPOL Annex IV in respect of the Baltic Sea Special Area shall take effect, i.e.: 
  1.  on 1 June 2019, for new passenger ships; 
  2.  on 1 June 2021, for existing passenger ships other than those specified in paragraph 1.3; and 
  3.  on 1 June 2023, for existing passenger ships en route directly to or from a port located outside the special area and to or from a port located east of longitude 28˚10' E within the special area that do not make any other port calls within the special area. 


Refer to MEPC69/WP.7 and Add.1 for additional information 

Harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water (Item 4) 

  • The number of ratifying countries is of 49 (required 30) for a percentage of world merchant shipping tonnage to 34.79% (required is 35%). The BWM Convention will enter into force 12 months after the ratification. 
  • The total number of reported BWM type-approved systems is 65 see WP.1. 
  • The Committee received the Final report on the study on the implementation of the ballast water performance standard described in regulation D-2 of the BWM Convention.( MEPC 69/4/4) 

The Study results suggest that ballast water management system (BWMS) testing and type approval approaches currently employed follow the Guidelines for approval of ballast water management systems (G8). However, due to divergent interpretation of the Guidelines (G8), several differences exist in how BWMS testing is carried out and how type approval is granted. In addition, lack of publicly available documentation on processes and verifications hinders transparency and may impair confidence in the testing and approval regime. 
Furthermore, the Study results also suggest that BWMS installed on ships appear to be irregularly operated and monitored. This restricts the ability to evaluate the overall BWMS performance. The lack of monitoring is particularly noticeable with regard to the assessment of biological efficacy and environmental safety of discharged water. 

  • MEPC confirmed the roadmap (for early movers) but called for papers and proposals to implement it at the next session. 

The Committee: 

  1. noted the progress made with regard to the review of the Guidelines G8 and agreed with the way forward for the review of Guidelines (G8. 
  2. re-established the Correspondence Group on the review of Guidelines G8. 
  3. agreed to the establishment of an intersessional working group on the review of Guidelines G8. 
  4. approved draft amendments to regulation B-3 (for aligning with Resolution A.1088) 

Refer to MEPC69/WP.8 or additional information 

Air pollution and Energy Efficiency (Item 5) 

Review of fuel oil availability as required by regulation 14.8 of MARPOL Annex VI 
The Committee received a progress report on the review of fuel oil availability as required by regulation 14.8 of MARPOL Annex VI following the first, second, third and fourth meetings of the Steering Committee. The report is expected at MEPC 70 in order to decide on global 0.5% Sulphur cap. 

SULPHUR monitoring for 2015 
In accordance with regulation 14.2 of MARPOL Annex VI, the Committee received a report (MEPC 69/5/7) on Sulphur monitoring for 2015: 
As shown in annex 1 to this document, the yearly average sulphur content of the tested residual fuels has decreased since 2014 by 0.01 percentage points from 2.46% to 2.45%. 
As shown in annex 2 to this document, the yearly average sulphur content of the tested distillate fuels has decreased since 2014 by 0.04 percentage points from 0.12% to 0.08%.

Energy efficiency of ships 
EEDI reviews required under regulation 21.6 of MARPOL Annex VI (MEPC 69/5/5): 
The Committee received the Interim Report of the Correspondence Group on EEDI review required under regulation 21.6 of MARPOL Annex VI. 
It could not concur with the recommendation of the correspondence group that the time period, the EEDI reference line parameters for relevant ship types, and reduction rates set out in regulation 21 of MARPOL Annex VI should be retained; Work will continue on this issue to a next session, including by correspondence. 

Working Group on Air pollution and energy efficiency 

The Committee: 

  1. noted the group's view on the timeline of the EEDI review work; 
  2. noted the group's view that on the consideration of minimum propulsion power for maintaining maneuverability of ships in adverse conditions required under regulation 21.5 of MARPOL Annex VI should be considered separately from the EEDI review process;
  3. agreed to draft terms of reference for the Correspondence Group on EEDI review required under regulation 21.6 of MARPOL Annex VI; 
  4. noted the group's consideration on the calculation method for the EEDI for ships with dual fuel engines; 
  5. approved a draft MEPC circular on recommendation on exemption from the requirements in chapter 4 of MARPOL Annex VI; and 
  6. noted that the group recognized that exemption provisions should be added in chapter 4 of MARPOL Annex VI together with a form of exemption certificate. 


Refer to MEPC69/WP.9 for additional information 

Further technical and operational measures for enhancing energy efficiency of international shipping ( Item 6) 

The Committee:

  • IMO MEPC 69 OVERVIEWapproved (for adoption at MEPC 70) draft amendments to Annex VI of MARPOL that mandate a global data collection system for fuel consumption which will apply to all ships of 5,000 GT and above that will collect according to the methodology included in their SEEMP and report on an annual basis:

IMO number , Ship type 
GT, NT 
DWT 
Power output (rated power) of main and auxiliary engines (kW) 
EEDI (if applicable) 
Ice class (if applicable) 
Total annual fuel consumption, by fuel type, in metric tonnes and methods used for collecting fuel consumption data 
Distance travelled from berth to berth, hours not at berth 

  • Noted the further work needed as identified by the working group: 
  1. To draft amendments to the SEEMP Guidelines to include guidance on developing the methodologies to be included in the SEEMP that will be used to collect the data required by regulations 22A.1 and 22A.3, including definitional issues and the processes that will be used to report the data, on the basis of document MEPC 69/6/1 and taking into account document MEPC 69/6/9; 
  2. Guidelines for Administration data verification procedures, in accordance with regulation 22A.7; 
  3. Development of electronic communication and standardized data reporting format, in accordance with regulation 22A.9; 
  4. Guidelines for the development and management of the IMO Ship Fuel Consumption Database, including means to keep the ships anonymized and to ensure the completeness of the database, in accordance with regulations 22A.9, 22A.11 and 22A.12; and 
  5. MEPC circular to address non-party ships submitting data to the IMO Ship Fuel Consumption Database. 


Refer to MEPC69/WP.10 for additional information 

Reduction of GHG emissions from ships (agenda item 7) 

The Committee: 

  1. welcomed the Paris Agreement under the UN CCC and acknowledged the major achievement of the international community in concluding the agreement; 
  2. recognized and commended the current efforts and those already implemented by IMO to enhance the energy efficiency of ships; 
  3. widely recognized and agreed that further appropriate improvements related to shipping emissions can and should be pursued; 
  4. recognized the role of IMO in mitigating the impact of GHG emissions from international shipping; 
  5. agreed to the common understanding that the approval at this session and subsequent adoption of the data collection system was the priority; 
  6. reiterated its endorsement of the three-step approach consisting of data collection, analysis and decision making; and 
  7. agreed to establish a working group under this item at MEPC 70, with a view to an in-depth discussion on how to progress the matter, taking into account all documents submitted to this session and comments made, and any further related proposals. 


Next MEPC Meetings 

MEPC 70 has been scheduled to be held from 24 to 28 October 2016 and MEPC 71 has been tentatively scheduled to be held from 8 to 12 May 2017. 

Foreseen WGs at MEPC 70 
Air pollution and energy efficiency 
Further technical and operation measures for enhancing the energy efficiency of international shipping 
Reduction of GHG emissions from ships 
Harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water 
Consideration and adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments (DG) 

Correspondence groups 
Correspondence Group on Review of the Guidelines for approval of ballast water management systems (G8; 
Correspondence Group on Fuel oil quality; 
Correspondence Group on EEDI review; and 
Correspondence Group on Data collection system for fuel consumption 

New subjects 

  1. Review of the 2015 Guidelines for exhaust gas cleaning systems (resolution MEPC.259(68)) (MEPC 69/19); (MEPC 69/19/2 and commenting document MEPC 69/19/5); To PPR 
  2. Use of more than one Engine Operational Profile (Map) (MEPC 69/19/1 and commenting documents MEPC 69/19/3 and MEPC 69/19/4); to PPR 

Resolutions and Circulars 

Attached are tentative lists of annexes to the report of the Committee and of circulars approved at this session: