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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Marine Environment Protection Committee News

Shipping Industry Critical Meeting in July on Sulphur Cap

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The shipping industry - as represented by its international trade associations (BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and WSC) - calls on the Member States of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to make progress on key challenges around the global sulphur cap to avoid compromising safety or unfairly penalising individual ships. The trade associations have co-sponsored a number of submissions to IMO to help smooth the implementation of the global 0.5 percent sulphur in fuel cap, in advance of the critical meeting that will be held in London during the second week of July.

Protecting Marine Life from Ship Noise

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Ship noise has been shown to be the main contributor to underwater noise on a global scale, with recognized negative impacts on marine life, said a press release from International Maritime Organization (IMO). Scientists and researchers from international organizations, States and expert groups have been sharing the latest information on ocean noise, including its detrimental impact on species such as whales and dolphins, at the informal annual meeting on oceans and the law of the sea, at United Nations headquarters, New York, United States (18-22 June).

INTERCARGO Supports IΜΟ on Mitigation of Global GHG Emissions

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INTERCARGO expressed its full support and total alignment with IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim’s concerns that including shipping in the European Union’s Emission Trading System (EU-ETS) could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships on a global basis. These concerns were raised following an agreement on 16 December 2016 by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee that emissions from ships should be included in EU-ETS from 2023, if IMO does not deliver a further global measure to reduce GHG emissions for international shipping by 2021.

Intercargo backs IMO against shipping inclusion in EU ETS

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INTERCARGO expresses its full support and total alignment with IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim’s concerns that including shipping in the European Union’s Emission Trading System (EU-ETS) could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships on a global basis. These concerns were raised following an agreement on 16 December 2016 by the European Parliament's Environment Committee that emissions from ships should be included in EU-ETS from 2023, if IMO does not deliver a further global measure to reduce GHG emissions for international shipping by 2021.

0.5% Sulphur Cap Implementation on Agenda

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Work to support the smooth and effective implementation of the 0.5% m/m global sulphur cap on fuel oil used by ships will be a main focus for the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR), 4th session, which meets this week (16-20 January). The Sub-Committee will consider what additional measures may be needed to promote consistent implementation and will report with a justification and scope for further work to the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71), which meets in July. The MEPC decided at its last session to implement the 0.5% limit from 1 January 2020.

Heading Towards the 2020 Sulphur Limit

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The need for all stakeholders to work towards effective and consistent implementation of the 2020 0.50% global sulphur limit has been highlighted during maritime industry events in Denmark this week. International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Edmund Hughes spoke about IMO’s role moving towards the 0.50% sulphur limit at an event focusing on the “2020 global sulphur challenge: Implementation and Enforcement”, hosted by the Danish Ecological Council (21 March). At the GST Europe Conference 2017 (22 March), Mr.

IMO in China to Share Policies

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Addressing over 300 industry experts at the Green Shiptech China Congress 2017 (20-21 April), International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Heike Deggim briefed the audience on the latest IMO regulations. She drew attention to the global 0.50% sulphur limit from 2020 as a key item on IMO’s environmental agenda. She also outlined other key regulatory moves at IMO which will be the focus in the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), including the forthcoming entry into force of the Ballast Water Management Convention in September 2017.

MOL, Satake Introduce BMW Solutions

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that its group company MOL Techno-Trade will exhibit BARI-SHIP 2017 which is held at Imabari, Ehime from May 25th - 27th, 2017 with Satake Corporation. Satake Corporation designed and developed "Viable Organism Analyzer (VOA1000)" which can detect number of viable organisms in the ballast water, based on ballast water discharge standard (D-2) of the Ballast Water Management Convention which will enter into force in Sep 8th, 2017. Satake's test…

Protecting Fiji’s Marine Environment

The event raised awareness and improved technical knowledge of Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs) among officials and other stakeholders in Fiji who may be involved in preparing to submit PSSA proposals in Fiji to IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee. IMO’s Edward Kleverlaan highlighted that PSSAs are similar to marine protected areas – essentially areas that need special protection through action by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) because of their significance for recognised ecological, socioeconomic or scientific reasons. The PSSA scheme fits perfectly within the objective of the Sustainable Development Goal 14, the so-called ‘Ocean Goal’ of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

IMO: Focus on GHG Emissions

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Nearly 300 delegates from International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member States, international NGOs and intergovernmental organizations have gathered at IMO Headquarters in London for the first meeting of the Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from Ships (26-30 June). The group, which is meeting in a closed session, will provide a report to next week’s session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71) (full preview here).

Marine Environment Protection Committee Opens

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A busy Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71) is now under way at  International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters in London (3-7 July). A key item on the agenda is the implementation of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, which will enter into force on 8 September 2017. The Committee will consider draft amendments to the BWM Convention which will determine the implementation schedule for installations of ballast water management systems. Following ratification by Greece last week (on 26 June)…

Clean Arctic Alliance Welcomes IMO Action on Arctic HFO

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As the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71) concluded  on last Friday, the Clean Arctic Alliance welcomed the support from Member States for a proposal to identify measures which will mitigate the risks posed by the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) in Arctic waters, and called on the IMO to work towards a swift conclusion of the work. The proposal, Measures to Reduce Risks of Use and Carriage of Heavy Fuel Oil as Fuel by Ships in Arctic Waters was proposed by Canada…

Progress in Developing GHG Strategy

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The second meeting of the Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from Ships (23-27 October) has made progress in starting to shape a draft initial IMO GHG strategy including refining the vision for IMO, which will express IMO's further commitment to reducing GHG emissions from international shipping. While the structure of the strategy has been largely agreed, the detailed text to be included is still under discussion. A wide range of detailed proposals were put forward for inclusion in the draft initial strategy.

IMO Rolls Out GloMEEP Website

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International Maritime Organization (IMO) has launched a website for GloMEEP energy efficiency project. IMO’s continuing efforts to promote environmentally sound shipping received a boost today with the launch of Glomeep.imo.org. The new website provides important information and updates on the Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) project – a GEF-UNDP-IMO initiative that supports the uptake and implementation of energy efficiency measures for shipping, thereby reducing the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions.

IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee Meeting Agenda

Implementation of energy-efficiency, ballast water management & ship-recycling rules on agenda for IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee. The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meets for its 64th session from 1 to 5 October 2012, at IMO Headquarters in London. As well as discussing matters relating to the implementation of energy-efficiency, ballast water management and ship-recycling regulations, the MEPC will also consider formally designating the Saba Bank, in the North-eastern Caribbean area of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, as a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA).

IMO Climate Change Moves on Agenda

International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70) is this week discussing proposals to adopt a mandatory regulation for ships to record and report their fuel consumption. The requirements for ships to record and report their fuel consumption were approved at the last session. Also on the agenda is a decision on the implementation date (2020 or 2025) for the global 0.50% m/m sulphur cap for fuel oil. With the Ballast Water Management Convention entering into force in September 2017, implementation of the treaty will be under consideration. The MEPC is expected to consider revised Guidelines for approval of ballast water management systems.

IMO Sets Regulations to Cut SOx Emissions from 2020

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The United Nations' shipping agency on Thursday set global regulations to limit the amount of sulphur emissions from vessels which will come into force from 2020. The shipping industry is by far the world's biggest emitter of sulphur, with the sulphur oxide content in heavy fuel oil up to 3,500 times higher than the latest European diesel standards for vehicles.

ICS: IMO Needs to Agree to CO2 Commitments by 2018

ICS Director of Policy and External Relations, Simon Bennett (Photo: ICS)

At the UNFCCC Climate Conference (COP 22), in Marrakesh, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) said that the recent International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreement on a CO2 Road Map for shipping is a significant decision giving further impetus to the substantial CO2 reductions that are already being delivered by the global industry. At an official UNFCCC side event organised by IMO today, ICS Director of Policy and External Relations, Simon Bennett, said, “We are very optimistic that initial CO2 reduction objectives can now be developed by IMO for the sector by 2018.

Shipping CO2 Developments Highlighted at COP 22

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The recent progress made by  International Maritime Organization (IMO)  towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping has been presented to the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA 45), which is meeting as part of the COP 22 Marrakech Conference. IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70) recently adopted a mandatory data collection system on fuel oil consumption of ships and approved a Roadmap for developing a 'Comprehensive IMO strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships'.

Clean Arctic Alliance Response to Arctic HFO Ban

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“The Clean Arctic Alliance welcomes AECO’s reconfirmation of its support for an international ban on heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters. AECO’s decision demonstrates the growing conviction within the shipping industry that the Arctic is simply too vulnerable and too fragile to allow the use of this dirtiest of fuels, and that HFO can no longer be considered an option for powering Arctic shipping in the future”. “By acknowledging the threats posed by spills and black carbon emissions from heavy fuel oil…

Combating Marine Litter

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The effective implementation of IMO garbage regulations (MARPOL Annex V) on ships and in port reception facilities was the main focus of an IMO regional workshop on marine litter for the East Asian seas region, held in Jeju, Republic of Korea (5-8 December). (The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), at its 55th session in October 2006, established an intersessional correspondence group to develop a framework for a comprehensive review of MARPOL Annex V). Garbage from ships can be just as deadly to marine life as oil or chemicals.

Emission Policies Update

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An overview of worldwide emission control policies and technologies has been presented at an international workshop in Hong Kong, China (14 to 16 December 2016). International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Heike Deggim outlined the current regulations and recent work in the Marine Environment Protection Committee to an audience of government officials, international shipping industry representatives, academics and environmental non-governmental organizations. The presentation covered IMO regulations to control air pollution emissions from ships…

Rotterdam Wants an Ambitious CO2 Reduction Plan from IMO

First fuel bunkering of a seaship. Rotterdam stimulates sustainable shipping and promotes LNG as fuel for shipping (Ries van Wendel de Joode) Photo Rotterdam Port

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is calling on the European Parliament to put pressure on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to produce an ambitious worldwide CO2 reduction plan for sea shipping. Given the recent plans, measures could only be expected by 2023 at the earliest. “Far too late. The plans are not challenging enough,” believes Allard Castelein. The CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority issued his call on the eve of the vote on revising the EU ETS directive, in the European Parliament’s Environmental Commission.

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