MEPC65 makes progress on GHGs

22 May 2013
MEPC held its 65th session at IMO HQ, 13-17 May

MEPC held its 65th session at IMO HQ, 13-17 May

The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) has reported on the outcome of its 65th session, held at IMO HQ in London from 13 to 17 May.

The Committee says that it made significant progress in its work on further developing energy-efficiency regulations; adopted an MEPC Resolution on Promotion of Technical Co-operation and Transfer of Technology relating to the Improvement of Energy Efficiency of Ships; and gave the go-ahead to carry out an update to the GHG emissions’ estimate for international shipping. It also agreed a draft Assembly resolution to address the implementation of the Ballast Water Management convention and approved a number of ballast water treatment systems.

The MEPC agreed to recommend that the Tier III NOx limits for ECAs be delayed to 1 January 2021 rather than the current effective date of 1 January 2016, and approved amendments to the NOx Code concerning dual-fuel engines.

MEPC agreed to initiate a study for an updated GHG emissions’ estimate to update the previous figures, which estimated that shipping was responsible for about 2.7% of global man-made CO2 emissions in 2007. It is continuing its work on the EEDI and SEEMP, extending the EEDI to ro-ro and ro-pax vessels, LNG carriers, cruise passenger ships having non-conventional propulsion and to exempt ships not propelled by mechanical means and various offshore platforms including FPSOs. Ccargo ships having ice-breaking capability will also be exempted. SEEMP requirements were updated to exclude various offshore rigs, as well as ships without propulsion;

The need for ships to ensure that they have sufficient installed propulsion power to maintain manoeuvrability in adverse conditions has been added to the EEDI requirements, which have been updated to take account of energy efficiency technologies such as air lubrication, wind propulsion systems, waste heat recovery and photovoltaic systems. Further EEDI updates take into account measurement of sea conditions and cruise ships with non-conventional propulsion, and work will continue to further refine the guidelines.

Although no firm conclusions have yet been drawn up with respect to CO2 emission reduction, MEPC agreed to continue to address this question.

MEPC approved a draft IMO Assembly resolution to facilitate the smooth implementation of the Ballast Water Convention, aiming to clarify uncertainty and apply a realistic timeline for enforcement.

Other guidelines and amendments approved included evaluation of biofouling, disposal of waste related to onboard electronic equipment, the Garbage Record Book form and reception at ports of potentially hazardous cargoes and wash water..

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