Friday, 14 July 2017 13:44

IMO MEPC 71 Outcome

467 IMO MEPC 71

The International Maritime Organization has released its report of the 71st session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) held last week.  Of significance are the draft amendments to the Ballast Water Management Convention which enters into force on September 8, 2017.  The amendments provide existing ships a date for compliance with the D-2 standards that links to the renewal survey of the ship associated with the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate under MARPOL Annex I, essentially establishing the earliest date for compliance as September 8, 2019.  Other achievements include identifying the scope of work needed to implement the 0.5% global limit of sulphur content of ships' fuel oil which will come into effect from January 1, 2020 and developing a strategic outline to address the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships.

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