At its 63rd session, the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted guidelines to increase the efficiency and reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) from shipping.
The Committee also discussed sewage treatment equipments, garbage management, and SIDS' compliance with obligations related to the provision of facilities for ship waste.
2 March 2012: The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted a series of guidelines to support the uniform implementation of mandatory measures to increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) from international shipping.
The guidelines were adopted at the 63rd session of the IMO MEPC, which convened from 27 February – 2 March 2012, in London, UK, to support implementation of the mandatory Regulations on Energy Efficiency for Ships contained in Annex VI to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), which are expected to enter into force on 1 January 2013. The four sets of guidelines are: 2012 Guidelines on the method of calculation of the attained Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships; 2012 Guidelines for the development of a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP); 2012 Guidelines on survey and certification of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI); and Guidelines for calculation of reference lines for use with the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI).
The MEPC adopted amendments to MARPOL Annexes I, II, IV, V and VI aimed at enabling small island developing States (SIDS) to comply with requirements for port States to provide reception facilities for ship waste through regional arrangements.
In addition, the MEPC adopted: amendments to the NOx Technical Code; a resolution on sewage treatment equipment; the 2012 Guidelines for the Implementation of MARPOL Annex V and 2012 Guidelines for the Development of Garbage Management Plans; guidelines for the recycling of ships; ballast water management systems; draft amendments to the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code); and oil pollution response manuals. The Committee reviewed progress made towards the development of the Code for ships operating in polar water (Polar Code). [IMO Press Release, 5 March 2012] [IMO Press Release, 7 February 2012]