Class and Statutory News
IMO - MEPC 70 - Overview
Oct. 31 2016
The Committee on Marine Environment Protection held its seventieth session from 24 October to 28 October 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 70
|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||Identification and protection of Special Areas and PSSAs|
|9||Pollution prevention and response (report of the third session of the Sub-Committee)|
|10||Reports of other sub-committees|
|11||Technical cooperation activities for the protection of the marine environment|
|12||Capacity building for the implementation of new measures|
|13||Analysis and consideration of recommendations to reduce administrative burdens in IMO instruments as identified by the SG-RAR|
|14||Application of the Committees' Guidelines|
|15||Work programme of the Committee and subsidiary bodies|
|16||Election of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman for 2017|
|17||Any other business|
|18||Consideration of the report of the Committee|
Adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments (item 3)
IMO number , Ship type
Power output (rated power) of main and auxiliary engines (kW) (of more than 130kW)
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 (on ground) travelled, and service hours.
These amendments enter into force on 1 March 2018 and the collection will start in2019.
Refer to MEPC 70/WP.6 for additional information
Harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water (Item 4)
As per the Resolution, these revised G8 Guidelines apply:
The Committee also:
The Committee agreed that the revised Guidelines (G8) should be made mandatoryand renamed as "Code for approval of ballast water management systems", and instructed the Secretariat to prepare any consequential amendments to the Code, and prepare draft amendments to regulation D-3 of the BWM Convention, to reflect its mandatory status, for circulation upon entry into force of the Convention.
The Committee extensively debated proposals to further amend the approved (at MEPC 69) draft amendments to regulation B-3 of the BWM Convention and an associated draft MEPC resolution on determination of the date referred to in regulation B-3 (that are in line with Resolution A.1088(28)), but agreed to maintain the decision of MEPC 69; this will be revisited at MEPC 71.
Refer to MEPC70/WP.5, WP.10 and WP.12 for additional information
Air pollution and Energy Efficiency (Item 5) & Further technical and operational measures for enhancing energy efficiency of international shipping ( Item 6)
EEDI reviews required under regulation 21.6 of MARPOL Annex VI
Having considered the four options for ro-ro cargo ships and ro-ro passenger shipsidentified by the correspondence group, the Committee noted that the ensuing discussion had identified the need for further information, experience and data, and invited interested Member Governments and international organizations to submit concrete proposals for relevant amendments to the EEDI requirements and/or relevant guidelines for ro-ro cargo ships and ro-ro passenger ships to MEPC 71.
The Committee also agreed to retain the current reduction rates, time periods and the EEDI reference line parameters of phase 2 requirements for ship types other than ro-ro cargo ships and ro-ro passenger ships.
Review of fuel oil availability as required by regulation 14.8 of MARPOL Annex VI
Following a lengthy discussion, the Committee agreed to "1 January 2020" as the effective date of implementation for ships to comply with 0.50% m/m sulphur content of fuel oil requirement as set out in regulation 14.1.3 of MARPOL Annex VI, as reflected in Resolution MEPC.280(70).
In recognising the concerns expressed about the implementation phase, agreed to forward document MEPC 70/5/2 to PPR 4 for further consideration and to draft a justification and scope for a new output on what additional measures may be developed to promote consistent implementation of the 0.50% global sulphur limit for consideration at MEPC 71.
Proposals to designate additional ECAs for NOX Tier III control
The Committee approved draft amendments to MARPOL Annex VI to designate the North Sea and the Baltic Sea as emission control areas for NOX Tier III control with an effective date of 1 January 2021, including exemption provisions to allow ships fitted with dual fuel engines or with only Tier II engines to be built, converted, repaired and/or maintained at shipyards located in NOX Tier III ECAs.
Working Group on Air pollution and energy efficiency
Refer to MEPC 70/WP.8 for additional information
Reduction of GHG emissions from ships (agenda item 7)
This roadmap includes the adoption of the initial IMO Strategy in 2018 and the adoption of a revised IMO Strategy, including short-, mid- and long-term further measure(s), as required, with implementation schedules, in 2023. It is based on the so called three-step approach consisting of data collection, analysis and decision making. This will be developed by intersessional working groups, as necessary, in the coming years.
Refer to MEPC70/WP.7 for additional information
Any other business (item 17)
The Committee adopted resolution MEPC.284(70) on Amendments to the 2012 Guidelines on implementation of effluent standards and performance tests for sewage treatment plants, based on IACS proposals at MEPC 69.
The Committee adopted resolution MEPC.285(70) on amendments to the Revised Guidelines and specifications for pollution prevention equipment for machinery space bilges of ships (resolution MEPC.107(49)), based on the IACS UI MPC 127.
The Committee approved a consolidated MEPC circular (MEPC.1/Circ.868) on Revised unified interpretations of regulation 12 of MARPOL Annex I.
Next MEPC Meetings
MEPC 71 has been scheduled to be held from 8 to 12 May 2017 and MEPC 72 has been tentatively scheduled to be held in spring 2018.
The Committee agreed the following new outputs:
Foreseen WGs at MEPC 71 :
Air pollution and energy efficiency
Reduction of GHG emissions from ships
Harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water
Consideration and adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments (DG)
Correspondence groups established by MEPC 70 to report to MEPC 71
Correspondence Group to further develop the experience building phase associated with the BWM Convention.
Correspondence Group on Data collection system for fuel oil consumption
Resolutions and Circulars
Attached are provisional lists of of resolutions and of circulars adopted or approved at this session: