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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Final report from MEPC 50

The final report from the 50th session of the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC 50) has now been published by IMO. The 42-page report minutes the discussions at the meeting and contains:

  • The amended regulation 13G on the phase-out of single-hull tankers
  • The new regulation 13H on the carriage of heavy grade oils
  • Amendments to the Condition Assessment Scheme (CAS), and
  • A resolution on early and effective application of the amendments to Annex I of MARPOL73/78

The report contains a resolution on recycling, and amendments to form B of the supplement to the IOPP certificate.

Click here to download the whole report.

Below you will find some important points on CAS, the carriage of heavy grade oils, and in particular on phase-out, in response to the many queries we have received:

Regulation 13G - Phase-out of tankers 5,000 dwt* and above

An oil tanker to which this regulation applies shall comply with the requirements of regulation 13F of this Annex by not later than 5 April 2005 or the anniversary of the date of delivery of the ship on the date or in the year specified in the following table:

Category of oil tanker

Date or year

Category 1 (non PL/SBT)

 

 

  • 5 April 2005 for ships delivered on 5 April 1982 or earlier
  • 2005 for ships delivered after 5 April 1982

 

Category 2 (PL/SBT) and Category 3 (tankers 5-20/30,000 dwt dirty/clean)

 

 

  • 5 April 2005 for ships delivered on 5 April 1977 or earlier
  • 2005 for ships delivered after 5 April 1977 but before 1 January 1978
  • 2006 for ships delivered in 1978 and 1979
  • 2007 for ships delivered in 1980 and 1981
  • 2008 for ships delivered in 1982
  • 2009 for ships delivered in 1983
  • 2010 for ships delivered in 1984 or later
  • 13 G (5) An Administration may allow continued operation of double bottomed or double sided tankers after 2010 until the age of 25 years old under certain conditions
  • 13 G (6) A Category 2 or 3 oil tanker of 15 years and over after the date of its delivery shall comply with the Condition Assessment Scheme
  • 13 G (7) An Administration may allow continued operation of a Category 2 or 3 oil tanker beyond 2010 until the tanker’s 25th anniversary, subject to satisfactory results of the Condition Assessment Scheme
  • 13 G (8) (a) The Administration of a Party to the present Convention which allows DS/DB tankers flying its flag to trade after 2010 until the age of 25 years, or allows, suspends, withdraws or declines SH tankers flying its flag to trade until the age of 25 years during the period 2010-2015, shall forthwith communicate to IMO for circulation to the Parties to the present Convention particulars thereof, for their information and appropriate action, if any.
  • 13 G (8)(b) A Party to the present Convention shall after 2010 be entitled to deny entry into the ports or offshore terminals under its jurisdiction to oil tankers that do not have full double hulls, even if other administrations have granted extended phase-out dates to the ships

*There are specific regulations for tankers 600-5,000 dwt starting to apply in 2008.

Graphs and tables and phase out consequences can be downloaded from the INTERTANKO web site.

Regulation 13H Prevention of oil pollution from oil tankers carrying heavy grade oil as cargo

This regulation requires tankers of 600 dwt and above carrying crude oils having a density at 15ºC higher than 900 kg/m3, or fuel oils having either a density at 15ºC higher than 900 kg/m3 or a kinematic viscosity at 50ºC higher than 180 mm2/s (ie 180 CST) as well as bitumen, tar and their emulsions, to comply with MARPOL regulation 13F by 5 April 2005. There are, however, some provisions and exemptions able to be applied by a vessel’s flag state and/or by a port state, and the full regulation should be read.

Amendments to the Condition Assessment Scheme (CAS),

CAS will apply for all oil tankers of 15 years of age and above as from 2005. An important difference compared to the EU regulation is “The CAS survey shall be aligned to the Enhanced Programme of Inspection. The first CAS survey in accordance with regulation 13G(6) shall be carried out concurrent with the first scheduled intermediate or renewal survey after 5 April 2005, or when the ship reaches 15 years of age, whichever occurs later. The first CAS survey in accordance with regulation 13G(7) (ie where authorisation is requested for continued service beyond the vessel’s anniversary in 2010) shall be carried out concurrent with the scheduled intermediate or renewal survey due prior to the anniversary of the date of delivery of the ship in 2010.”

The EU regulation (EC1726) simply stipulates 2005 as the initial year for CAS. The prolonged period needed to complete CAS will make this requirement difficult to achieve. This matter is, however, to be discussed at a forthcoming EU COSS (Committee on Safe Shipping) meeting, i.e. the so-called comitology process, which is aimed at aligning EU and IMO requirements in this and other MEPC-related areas.

Contact: Erik Ranheim