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IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee meeting resolutions: Polar Code, PSSA, & More

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the IMO met for from May 11th to 15th.

The MEPC adopted the environmental requirements of the Polar Code and associated MARPOL & SOLAS amendments to make the Code mandatory; adopted amendments to MARPOL related to tanks for oil residues; designated an extension to the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA); and furthered its work on implementation of air pollution and energy efficiency measures and the Ballast Water Management Convention.

The amendments will go into force January 1st, 2017. We’ll have them available as soon as they’re published.  The IMO has published this Polar Code infographic for the mean-time.

Polar Code Ship Safety Infographic

[Download as PDF]

The MEPC’s other conclusions include:

  • MARPOL Annex I amendments relating to oil residues adopted
  • Extension of Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait PSSA adopted
  • Ballast water management status and technologies reviewed
  • EEDI review work to continue
  • GHG reduction target for international shipping considered
  • Revised air pollution guidance and requirements agreed
  • Fuel oil availability review to be initiated this year
  • Fuel oil quality correspondence group re-established
  • Black carbon definition agreed
  • Ship recycling convention – revision of IHM Guidelines
  • Oil spill response guidance approved

Details on the IMO site

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