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Singapore: MPA publishes resolutions adopted during MEPC 75 and 76

15 Sep 2021

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Tuesday (14 September) issued Shipping Circular No. 9 of 2021 which focuses on resolutions adopted during the 75th and 76th session of the Maritime Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 75 and MEPC 76).

Organised by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), MEPC 75 and 76 were held remotely on 16 to 20 November 2020 and 10 to 17 June 2021 respectively.

The resolutions adopted are applicable to shipowners, ship managers, operators, agents and masters of Singapore-registered ships.

The mandatory resolutions adopted by MEPC 75 include the following:

Resolution MEPC.324(75) – Amendments to the Annex of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto

This resolution adopts amendments to MARPOL Annex VI concerning the procedures for sampling and verification of the sulphur content of fuel oil and the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI). The amendments will enter into force on 01 April 2022 and will be given effect through amendments to the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Air) Regulations.

Resolution MEPC.325(75) – Amendments to regulation E-1 and Appendix I of the International Convention for the Control and Management of the Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004

This resolution adopts amendments to the International Ballast Water Management Convention to require a commission test to be conducted to validate that the ballast water management system is working properly. The amendments will enter into force on 01 June 2022 and will be given effect through amendments to the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Ballast Water Management) Regulations.

The mandatory resolutions adopted by MEPC 76 include the following:

Resolution MEPC.328(76) – Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI (2021 Revised MARPOL Annex VI)

The resolution adopts amendments to MARPOL Annex VI concerning mandatory goal-based technical and operational measures to reduce carbon intensity of international shipping and exemption of unmanned non-self-propelled (UNSP) barges from certain survey and certification requirements. The amendments will enter into force on 01 November 2022 and will be given effect through amendments to the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Air) Regulations.

Resolution MEPC.329(76) – Amendments to MARPOL Annex I

This resolution adopts amendments to MARPOL Annex I to prohibit the use and carriage for use as fuel of heavy fuel oil by ships in Arctic waters. The amendments will enter into force on 01 November 2022 and will be given effect through amendments to the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Oil) Regulations.

Resolution MEPC.330(76) – Amendments to MARPOL Annexes I and IV

This resolution adopts amendments to MARPOL Annexes I and IV concerning exemption of unmanned non-self-propelled barges from certain survey and certification requirements. The amendments will enter into force on 01 November 2022 and will be given effect through amendments to the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Oil) and (Sewage) Regulations.

Resolution MEPC.331(76) – Amendments to the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships, 2001 (the AFS Convention)

This resolution adopts amendments concerning the control of ships bearing an anti-fouling system that contains cybutryne and the model form of the International Anti-Fouling System certificate. The amendments will enter into force on 01 January 2023 and will be given effect through amendments to the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems) Regulations.

MEPC 76 also adopted the following resolutions:

Resolution MEPC.332(76) – Amendments to the 2018 Guidelines on the Method of Calculation of the Attained Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for New Ships (Resolution MEPC.308(73), as amended by Resolution MEPC.322(74))

The amended resolution specifies the required and attained EEDI values and relevant information to be reported to International Maritime Organisation (IMO) by the Administration and any organization duly authorized as mandated by Regulation 22.3 of MARPOL Annex VI.

Resolution MEPC.333(76) – 2021 Guidelines on the Method of Calculation of the Attained Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI)

This resolution contains guidance on the method of calculating a ship’s attained EEXI.

Resolution MEPC.334(76) – 2021 Guidelines on Survey and Certification of the Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI)

This resolution serves to assist verifiers of the EEXI of ships in conducting the survey and certification of the EEXI.

Resolution MEPC.335(76) – 2021 Guidelines on the Shaft/Engine Power Limitation System to Comply with the EEXI Requirement and Use of a Power Reserve

This resolution contains technical and operational conditions for ships using Shaft/Engine Power Limitation (SHaPoLi/EPL) System to comply with the EEXI requirement and use of a power reserve.

Resolution MEPC.336(76) – 2021 Guidelines on Operational Carbon Intensity Indicators and the Calculation Methods (CII Guidelines, G1)

This resolution contains the calculation methods and the applicability of the operational carbon intensity indicator (CII) for individual ships to which chapter 4 of MARPOL Annex VI, as amended, applies.

Resolution MEPC.337(76) – 2021 Guidelines on the Reference Lines for Use with Operational Carbon Intensity Indicators (CII Reference Lines Guidelines, G2)

This resolution provides the methods to calculate the reference lines for use with operational carbon intensity indicators (CII), and the ship type specific carbon intensity reference lines as referred to in regulation 28 of MARPOL Annex VI.

Resolution MEPC.338(76) – 2021 Guidelines on the Operational Carbon Intensity Reduction Factors Relative to Reference Lines (CII Reduction Factor Guidelines, G3)

This resolution provides the methods to determine the annual operational carbon intensity reduction factors and their concrete values from year 2023 to 2030, as referred to in regulation 28 of MARPOL Annex VI.

Resolution MEPC. 339(76) – 2021 Guidelines on the Operational Carbon Intensity Rating of Ships (CII Rating Guidelines, G4)

This resolution provides the methods to assign operational energy efficiency performance ratings to ships, as referred to in regulation 28 of MARPOL Annex VI.

Note: The full 473-page Shipping Circular No. 9 of 2021, which also includes reports on MEPC 75 and MEPC 76, is available from the MPA link here.

 

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 15 September, 2021

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