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The following is a summary of the most relevant decisions made by MEPC 73.
To ensure a consistent implementation and enforcement of the global 0.5% sulphur cap, IMO adopted regulations banning the carriage of non-compliant fuel in fuel tanks, unless the ship is equipped with a scrubber. The ban will enter into force in March 2020. There is no change to the 1 January 2020 deadline on the 0.5% global sulphur limit.
To assist ship owners in preparing for the global sulphur cap, a Ship Implementation Plan guideline was approved and will be made available. The MEPC decided not to introduce an Experience Building Phase, but instead agreed to further consider systematic data gathering, and analysis of fuel quality and availability, to monitor the implementation. This will not however result in amendments to requirements.
Reduction of GHG emissions
Following up on the GHG reduction strategy adopted in April 2018, MEPC agreed on a follow-up action plan. According to the plan, discussions on the details of specific reduction measures will start at MEPC 74 in May 2019, hence no concrete actions at this stage. DNV GL expects the initial focus to be on proposals related to EEDI and SEEMP.
Energy Efficiency Design Index
Based on a review of the future EEDI requirements, MEPC discussed an increase of the Phase 3 reduction requirements. The proposal was to increase the requirements to 40% for container vessels starting in 2022; retain the 30% for general cargo vessels, but starting in 2022; and to retain the current requirements and timeline (2025) for tankers, bulkers and all ro-ro ship categories. Various proposals were discussed for the other ship types.
However, MEPC 73 was not able to conclude on this matter and deferred the decision on approval of the amendments to MEPC 74 to May 2019.
MEPC started to discuss how to address plastic litter from shipping and developed an action plan. The measures within the plan should be completed by 2025.
MEPC approved amendments to allow electronic record books under MARPOL. If adopted in May 2019, the amendments are expected to enter into force in 2021. A separate newsletter on this will shortly be communicated.
- DNV GL recommends its customers to continue preparing for the global 0.5% sulphur cap from 1 January 2020 and note the ban on carrying non-compliant fuel from 1 March 2020.
- Note that proposals for concrete GHG control measures will be discussed in May 2019. Note also the discussion on amendments to EEDI requirements and the opening for using electronic record books.
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Outcome of IMO's Maritime Safety Committee, MSC 101 - automation and fuel oil safety
The 101st session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) was held in London from 5 to 14 June 2019. This statutory news summarizes the main topics discussed, such as maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS), fuel oil safety, and safety of ships operating in polar waters, as well as other key decisions.
CIC 2019 focusing on emergency systems and procedures
The Tokyo and Paris MoUs have developed a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on emergency systems and procedures. The CIC will run from 1 September to 30 November 2019. This PSC news gives an overview of DNV GL’s recommendations for focus items and support for preparation.
2020 Sulphur update - outcome of the MEPC 74
The 74th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74) was held at IMO in London on 13–17 May 2019. This was the last MEPC meeting before the 0.50% global sulphur limit takes effect on 1 January 2020, and the focus was on the implementation and completion of guidelines to help stakeholders prepare and ensure consistent implementation. We strongly recommend stakeholders to prepare in due course and update plans according to the latest IMO guidance. This statutory news contains a summary of sulphur-related resolutions and circulars adopted at MEPC 74.
EU MRV and IMO DCS - some practical recommendations
This technical news contains some recommendations relevant to both EU MRV and IMO DCS.
Prepare for the Global Sulphur Cap 2020 with the IMO Ship Implementation Plan
The IMO has agreed on 1 January 2020 as the date for switching to 0.50% sulphur fuel globally. Now, as ship owners face the daunting task of preparing for the fuel oil switch, proper planning is essential. The IMO Guidance for developing a Ship Implementation Plan (SIP) is a useful tool, and described further in this technical news.
Survey by remote inspection techniques - use of approved service suppliers
The use of remote inspection techniques (RIT) is increasing. Today, drones, climbers, or robot arms, can be used as an alternative to close-up surveys in both the DNV GL rules and IACS Unified Requirements. RIT may significantly reduce the survey time and costs, while improving the safety of surveyors and the owner’s personnel. From 1 January 2019, DNV GL has approved the use of service suppliers for RIT. This technical news explains how RIT can be used and how suppliers can achieve DNV GL approval.
IMO requirements July 2018 to May 2021
This statutory news summarizes the most important IMO requirements entering into force from 1 July 2018 up to and including 31 May 2021.
Outcome of the IMO SSE 6 meeting - from habitable life boat environments to Ro-Ro deck fires
The IMO sub-committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE) met in London on 4–8 March 2019. This statutory news summarizes the main topics discussed, such as, life-saving appliances, fire safety of Ro-Ro passenger ships, and on-board lifting appliances. All agreements made at the meeting are subject to final approval by MSC 101 in June 2019.