BUNKER INDEX :: Price Index, News and Directory Information for the Marine Fuel Industry



« News Home
:: Monthly Archive

News Topics
:: Air Pollution
:: Agreements & M&A's
:: Alternative Fuels
:: BunkerBlog
:: Cargoes & Storage
:: Company News
:: Efficiency, Costs & Charges
:: Environment
:: Events
:: Financial
:: Fuel Quality & Testing
:: Lubes & Additives
:: Oil Spills
:: People
:: Port News
:: Projects
:: Regulation, Legal
:: Services, Products,Technology
:: Statistics & Research
:: Vessels

Regional Archive
:: Americas
:: Asia/Oceania
:: Europe
:: M.East/Africa


BUNKER INDEX :: Price Index, News and Directory Information for the Marine Fuel Industry
Home » News





MEPC to meet for 66th session

27 Mar 2014 11:42 GMT

Session is due to take place next week at IMO's headquarters in London.



The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meets for its 66th session from 31 March to 4 April 2014, at IMO's headquarters in London.

Items on the agenda include the consideration of proposed amendments to the MARPOL to make the audit scheme mandatory; the review of environmental provisions in the draft Polar Code and associated draft amendments to make the Code mandatory, and the implementation of energy-efficiency regulations.

Draft amendments to MARPOL to make auditing mandatory set for adoption

The MEPC will consider, with a view to adoption, draft amendments to MARPOL Annexes I through to VI to make the use of the IMO Instruments Implementation Code (III Code) mandatory. The draft amendments add definitions and regulations relating to “verification of compliance”, thereby making the IMO Audit Scheme mandatory under MARPOL.

The III Code was adopted by the IMO Assembly in 2013. Similar amendments to other IMO treaties are also in the process of being adopted, to make the Audit Scheme mandatory once the relevant amendments enter into force in 2016.

Draft amendment on implementation date for Tier III to be considered for adoption

The MEPC will consider, with a view to adoption, proposed draft amendments to MARPOL Annex VI, regulation 13, on Nitrogen Oxides (NOX), concerning the date for the implementation of “Tier III” standards within emission control areas (ECAs), taking into account a number of documents commenting on the draft amendments.

The MEPC, at its last session, agreed to amend the date for the implementation of “Tier III” standards to 1 January 2021, from the current effective date of 1 January 2016.

NOX control requirements apply to installed marine diesel engines of over 130 kW output power, and different levels (Tiers) of control apply based on the ship construction date. Tier III controls would apply from the effective date only to specified ships while operating in ECAs designated to limit NOX emissions (currently the North American Emission Control Area and the United States Caribbean Sea Area). Outside such areas, “Tier II” controls, required for marine diesel engines installed on ships constructed after 1 January 2011, apply.

Other amendments to be considered for adoption

The MEPC will also consider, with a view to adoption:

• draft amendments to MARPOL Annex I, the Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships carrying. Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (BCH Code) and the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code), on mandatory carriage requirements for stability instrument for oil tankers and chemical tankers;

• draft amendments to MARPOL Annex V to update the Record of Garbage Discharge; and

• draft amendments to MARPOL Annex VI concerning the extension of the application of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) to LNG carriers, ro-ro cargo ships (vehicle carriers), ro-ro cargo ships, ro-ro passenger ships and cruise passenger ships with non-conventional propulsion; and to exempt of ships not propelled by mechanical means and cargo ships with ice-breaking capacity.

Energy-efficiency measures for ships to be considered

The MEPC is expected to continue its work on further developing guidelines to support the uniform implementation of the regulations on energy-efficiency for ships that entered into force on 1 January 2013, including consideration of amendments to update resolution MEPC.212(63) 2012 Guidelines on the method of calculation of the attained Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships.

The MEPC will also discuss the implementation of resolution MEPC.229(65) on Promotion of Technical Co-operation and Transfer of Technology Relating to the Improvement of Energy Efficiency of Ships.

Additionally, the MEPC will consider the development of further technical and operational measures to enhance the energy efficiency of ships. Various submissions relating to proposals to establish a framework for the collection and reporting of data on the fuel consumption of ships will be considered.

Draft NOX Technical Code amendments for adoption

The MEPC will consider for adoption, draft amendments to the NOx Technical Code, 2008, concerning the use of dual-fuel engines.

The MEPC will also consider draft 2014 Guidelines in respect of the information to be submitted by an Administration to the Organization covering the certification of an Approved Method as required under regulation 13.7.1 of MARPOL Annex VI (relating to “Marine Diesel Engines Installed on a Ship Constructed Prior to 1 January 2000”); and draft 2014 Guidelines on the Approved Method process.

Sulphur review timing to be discussed

The MEPC will consider the timing of the review, required under MARPOL Annex VI, regulation 14, on control of emissions of sulphur oxides (SOX) from ships, on the availability of compliant fuel oil to meet the requirements set out in the regulation.

The sulphur content (expressed in terms of % m/m – that is, by weight) of fuel oil used on board ships is required to be a maximum of 3.50% m/m (outside an Emission Control Area (ECA)), falling to 0.50% m/m on and after 1 January 2020. Depending on the outcome of a review, to be completed by 2018, as to the availability of compliant fuel oil, this requirement could be deferred to 1 January 2025.

Within ECAs, fuel oil sulphur content (expressed in terms of % m/m: that is, by weight) must be no more than 1.00% m/m; falling to 0.10% m/m on and after 1 January 2015.

Draft Polar Code environmental provisions to be reviewed

The MEPC is expected to review the environmental requirements under the proposed draft mandatory International Code for ships operating in polar waters (Polar Code). It will also consider the proposed draft amendments to MARPOL to make the Polar Code mandatory.

The draft texts were agreed, in principle, by the first session of the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 1). The draft Polar Code covers the full range of design, construction, equipment, operational, training, search and rescue and environmental protection matters relevant to ships operating in the inhospitable waters surrounding the two poles. The chapters in the Code each set out goals and functional requirements. Environmental provisions include requirements covering prevention of oil pollution; prevention of pollution from noxious liquid substances from ships; prevention of pollution by sewage from ships; and prevention of pollution by discharge of garbage from ships.






Related Links:

ICS 'fully supports' global CO2 monitoring
Sekimizu calls for low sulphur fuel study to be brought forward
Prevention of pollution circular issued
Sekimizu addresses MEPC 65
MARPOL, SOLAS amendment summary

Latest News:

Antwerp backs construction of five zero-emission barges
Bunker-themed playlist for end-of-year office party
Oil and fuel oil hedging market update
Oil starts off the week where it ended... around $63
Quadrise delivers presentation to shareholders at AGM
Tug beats fuel savings forecast in Azipod D trials
New report ranks biofuel as best zero-emission solution
LNG tank retrofit for large boxships gets DNV GL approval
Price volatility on mixed news and events
Oil and fuel oil hedging market update
ME-GI/ME-LGI dual-fuel engines reach 100,000 operating hours
GTT focuses on growing fuel-related services with 75% stake in Ascenz




Page Links:

Prices
Africa
Asia
Latin America
Middle East
North America
North Europe
South Europe
Index Summary
Price Highlights
Commentaries
Futures
Prices
Antwerp
Busan
Cape Town
Fujairah
Houston
Istanbul
Kaohsiung
Las Palmas
Maracaibo
New Orleans
Piraeus
Rio
Rotterdam
Santos
Singapore
News
Latest News
Blogs
Archive
Americas
Asia
Europe
Middle East
News
Air Pollution
Agreements & M&A's
Alternative Fuels
Cargoes & Storage
Efficiency, Costs & Charges
Environment
Events
Financial
Fuel Quality
Lubes & Additives
Oil Spills
People
Port News
Projects
Regulation/Legal
Services, Products, Technology
Statistics & Research
Vessels
Contact & Terms
Contact Us
Advertise
Terms & Conditions
Privacy Policy
Events
Upcoming Events