The Marine Environment Protection Committee’s 74th session (MEPC 74) meeting scheduled between 13 to 17 May has started at International Maritime Organization (IMO) headquarters in London.
The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships is a key agenda item, following up on the initial IMO strategy on reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships.
A set of draft guidelines and guidance documents to support the implementation of the 0.50% sulphur limit from 1 January 2020 is also set to be approved this week.
Other important agenda items include:
“MEPC74 is the last opportunity to ensure the safe, smooth and consistent implementation of the global 0.5% sulfur content marine fuel regulation from 2020 and effectively address the many and serious challenges that arise,” said Theodoros Veniamis, President of the Greek Union of Shipowners.
“This last opportunity should not be a missed opportunity.”
He pointed out many well-known gaps in the IMO 2020 regulation which may lead to practical problems in its implementation and enforcement that need to be resolved.
The British Ports Association, meanwhile, notes it is watching IMO with “apprehension” this week, according to its Chief Executive.
“Slow steaming has a role to play, and already has helped bring down emissions,” said Richard Ballantyne, commenting on proposals for mandatory speed limits.
“These proposals should be debated in a robust manner, but we have some concerns over mandatory slow steaming.
“It is not a panacea and may well have knock-on effects that have not been fully considered. Access to ports for certain vessels is often dependent on factors such as the weather and tides, and mandatory speed limits could make it more difficult for vessels and ports to plan calls.”
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Photo credit: International Maritime Organization
Published: 14 May, 2019
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