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
Flag : ALL FLAGS
Ship type : ALL TYPES
Bureau Veritas Report on MEPC 69
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
|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|
Adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments (item 3)
Refer to MEPC69/WP.7 and Add.1 for additional information
Harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water (Item 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.
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
Refer to MEPC69/WP.9 for additional information
Further technical and operational measures for enhancing energy efficiency of international shipping ( Item 6)
IMO number , Ship type
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
Refer to MEPC69/WP.10 for additional information
Reduction of GHG emissions from ships (agenda item 7)
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 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
Resolutions and Circulars
Attached are tentative lists of annexes to the report of the Committee and of circulars approved at this session: