Classification society Lloyd's Register (LR) has shared an Agenda Preview for the upcoming Marine Environment Protection Committee 74th session (MEPC 74) meeting which will be held at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) headquarters in London between 13 to 17 May.
According to the Agenda Preview document, MEPC 74 will address the following topics related to air pollution and energy efficiency:
• Outcome of PPR 6 on matters related to the agenda item, in particular relating to the output on consistent implementation of regulation 14.1.3 of MARPOL Annex VI;
• Draft best practice for member states/coastal states, taking into account the report of the correspondence group on fuel oil quality;
• Outcome of MSC 100 on its consideration of safety implications associated with the use of low-sulphur fuel oil;
• Proposals on how to enhance the implementation of regulation 18 of MARPOL Annex VI, in particular on fuel oil quality and reporting of non-availability of compliant fuel oils, including the enhancement of the GISIS MARPOL Annex VI module to support data collection and analysis;
• Final report of the correspondence group on EEDI review beyond phase 2;
• Proposals for the development of draft amendments to MARPOL Annex VI on strengthening EEDI phase 3 requirements;
• Draft amendments to MARPOL Annex VI to make the reporting of EEDI values mandatory;
• Proposals on the use of shaft power limitation concept in calculating the attained Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships; and
• EEDI information provided by the Secretariat.
Additional items to be discussed at MPEC 74 are:
• EEDI – adoption of amendments for ice-strengthened ships. Strengthening of Phase 3. Mandatory reporting of values.
• BWM Convention – implementation of the experience-building phase, including data gathering and analysis. Proposals for mandatory commissioning testing. Application and exemptions.
• SOx and fuel – non-availability of compliant fuel oil. Exhaust gas cleaning system washwater. Bunker supplier licensing schemes.
• GHG emission reductions – impact on states. Terms of reference for the 4th IMO GHG study. Concrete proposals for short-term measures including speed reduction. Barriers to alternative fuels. Medium and long-term measures. Operational practices and use of SEEMP.
The full document on LR’s Agenda Review of the upcoming MEPC 74 meeting can be downloaded here.
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Published: 3 May, 2019
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