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IMO PPR 2 OVERVIEW AND SUMMARY REPORT

Jan. 27 2015

IMO PPR 2 OVERVIEW AND SUMMARY REPORT

Report on PPR 2

Introduction

The Sub-Committee (SC) on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) had its second session from 19 to 23 January 2015, which took place in IMO headquarters in London. PPR replaces the former sub-committee BLG in the new IMO structure. This report provides an overview on the agenda items discussed.

Agenda of PPR 2

Agenda item Subject

1 Adoption of the agenda 

2 Decisions of other IMO bodies 

3 Safety and pollution hazards of chemicals and preparation of consequential amendments to the IBC Code, taking into account recommendations of GESAMP-EHS 

4 Code for the transport and handling of limited amounts of hazardous and noxious liquid substances in bulk on offshore support vessels 

5 Guidelines for port State control under the 2004 BWM Convention, including guidance on ballast water sampling and analysis 

6 Production of a manual entitled "Ballast Water Management – How to do it" 

7 Improved and new technologies approved for ballast water management systems and reduction of atmospheric pollution 

8 Consideration of the impact on the Arctic of emissions of Black Carbon from international shipping 

9 Guidelines related to MARPOL Annex VI and the NOX Technical Code in accordance with the Action Plan endorsed by MEPC 64 

10 Guidance for international offers of assistance in response to a marine oil pollution incident 

11 Revised section II of the Manual on oil pollution-contingency planning 

12 Guide on oil spill response in ice and snow conditions 

13 Updated IMO Dispersant Guidelines 

14 Updated OPRC Model training courses 

15 Unified interpretation to provisions of IMO environment related Conventions 

16 Biennial agenda and provisional agenda for PPR 3 

17 Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman for 2016 

18 Any other business 

19 Report to the Marine Environment Protection Committee 

AIR POLLUTION FROM SHIPS

CONSIDERATION OF THE IMPACT ON THE ARCTIC OF EMISSIONS OF BLACK CARBON FROM INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING, UNIFIED INTERPRETATION TO PROVISIONS OF IMO ENVIRONMENT-RELATED CONVENTIONS (items 2, 8 & 15) (WP 5)

The Sub-Committee:

- agreed to the draft amendments to the 2009 Guidelines for exhaust gas cleaning systems (resolution MEPC.184(59)), on CO2 measurement methods and on pH determination either by means of direct measurement, or by using a calculation-based methodology calculation;

- agreed to the draft amendments to the NOX Technical Code 2008, concerning testing of gas-fuelled engine and dual fuel engines for NOX Tier III strategy;

- agreed to the draft MEPC circular on Guidance on the application of regulation 13 of MARPOL Annex VI Tier III requirements to dual fuel and gas fuelled engines;

- agreed to the draft amendments to the 2011 Guidelines addressing additional aspects to the NOX Technical Code 2008 with regard to particular requirements related to marine diesel engines fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) Systems (resolution MEPC.198(62)) (on the basis of UI MPC 105);

- agreed that the Bond et al. definition should be recommended to MEPC for approval as the definition of Black Carbon for international shipping, for the primary reason that this definition is measurement method neutral, and further is widely supported by the scientific community. 

EVALUATION OF SAFETY AND POLLUTION HAZARDS OF CHEMICALS AND PREPARATION OF CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS (item 3) (WP 3 & PPR 2/3))

The Sub-Committee: 

- agreed to new entries to the MEPC.2/Circular on the Provisional categorization of liquid substances in accordance with MARPOL Annex II and the IBC Code;

- noted the discussions of the ESPH group with regard to petrochemical mixtures submitted to it for assessment under MARPOL Annex II, but which are technically MARPOL Annex I substances, and agreed to seek the guidance of MEPC on how such products should be addressed by the ESPH Working Group (paragraph 7.21 to 7.23);

- agreed to the establishment of a generic entry for Used cooking oil in list 1 of the MEPC.2/Circular, with validity for all countries, without an expiry date; 

- noted the progress made by the ESPH Group with regard to the revision of chapter 21 of the IBC Code; 

- agreed to a draft amendment to MARPOL Annex II, appendix I, based on the recent revision to the GESAMP Reports and Studies No. 64;

- noted the progress made by the ESPH WG on the revision of Guidelines for the provisional assessment of liquid substances transported in bulk (MEPC.1/Circ.512); 

- agreed to the draft unified interpretations of SOLAS II-2/16.3.3.2 and 16.3.3.3 and paragraph 15.13.5 of the IBC Code, for products requiring oxygen-dependent inhibitors (related to the recent amendment to SOLAS extending IGS requirements); 

- agreed to the draft MEPC circular on the Revised PPR Product Data Reporting Form and related guidance notes;

UNIFIED INTERPRETATION TO PROVISIONS OF IMO ENVIRONMENT-RELATED CONVENTIONS 

CODE FOR THE TRANSPORT AND HANDLING OF LIMITED AMOUNTS OF HAZARDOUS AND NOXIOUS LIQUID SUBSTANCES IN BULK ON OFFSHORE SUPPORT VESSELS (Item 4)

The Sub-Committee re-established the Correspondence Group on the Development of the OSV Chemical Code. 

REVISED GUIDELINES FOR THE INVENTORY OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS (item 9) (WP 7)

The Sub-Committee agreed to the draft amendments to the Guidelines for the development of the Inventory of Hazardous Materials and the associated draft MEPC resolution for the adoption of the revised Guidelines, including agreed revised threshold values of materials in tables annexed to the Guidelines (in particular for asbestos).

GUIDANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL OFFERS OF ASSISTANCE IN RESPONSE TO A MARINE OIL POLLUTION INCIDENT UPDATED IMO DISPERSANT GUIDELINES (items 10 & 13)(WP 6)

The Sub-Committee:

- agreed to the draft Guidelines on international offers of assistance in response to a marine oil pollution incident.

- agreed to the draft of part III of the IMO Dispersant Guidelines for submission to MEPC 68, with a view to approval and subsequent publication, together with parts I and II of the IMO Dispersant Guidelines.

UNIFIED INTERPRETATION TO PROVISIONS OF IMO ENVIRONMENT-RELATED CONVENTIONS (Item 15)

PPR could not reach an agreement on a unified interpretation to MARPOL Annex V and concluded that, nevertheless, the disposal of used cooking oil should comply with the requirements in MARPOL Annex V.  

Working/drafting groups planned for PPR 3 ( tentatively scheduled from 15 to 19 February 2016)

To be selected from the following list by the Chairman, taking into account the submissions received on the respective subjects:

.1 Safety and pollution hazards of chemicals and preparation of consequential amendments to the IBC Code; 

.2 Code for the transport and handling of limited amounts of hazardous and noxious liquid substances in bulk on offshore support vessels; 

.3 Revised guidance on ballast water sampling and analysis; 

.4 Production of a manual entitled "Ballast Water Management – How to do it"; 

.5 Consideration of the impact on the Arctic of emissions of Black Carbon from international shipping; 

.6 Revised section II of the Manual on oil pollution contingency planning; 

.7 Guide on oil spill response in ice and snow conditions; 

.8 Updated IMO Dispersant Guidelines; 

.9 Updated OPRC Model training courses; and 

.10 Guidelines pertaining to equivalent methods set forth in regulation 4 of MARPOL Annex VI and not covered by other guidelines. 

Correspondence groups established at PPR 2 

CG 1 – Development of the OSV Chemical Code 

CG 2 – Development of OPRC related manuals, guidelines and guidance