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Saturday, January 20, 2018

The IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee’s 45th session (MEPC 45) has concluded its first round of discussions this week, reaching a possible compromise solution for amending the current MARPOL Regulation 13G for an accelerating phase-out of single hull tankers.

Although there is no firm agreement/commitment so far, the following principles seem to be acceptable as part of a final agreement:

** The date of enforcement of the new requirements will be 1 January 2003. This will be possible only if IMO reaches a final agreement by April 2001. At this point in time, the aim seems achievable.

**  The phase-out regimes will target all single hull tankers, which, for the purpose of this exercise, are grouped in 3 categories (Category 1 – pre-MARPOL tankers, Category 2 – MARPOL tankers and Category 3 – Small tankers, as defined below, irrespective of whether they are pre-MARPOL or MARPOL)

**  Small tankers (between 5,000 dwt and 20,000/30,000 dwt for crude oil tankers and product tankers respectively) will be subject to the phase-out requirements

**  The phase-out will be based on the ship’s age with a final cut off date for each of the tanker categories

Pending/suggested requirements

MEPC 45 has made some significant progress, but final decisions on important aspects will be taken at MEPC 46 in April 2001. Since the developments so far are of interest to the membership, we outline the suggested action although the data is still subject to further investigation and assessment.

The most important part of these regulatory developments is represented by the new phase-out scheme. The current proposal is laid down in a table below.  Please note that the dates on this table are not finalised and that the final scheme could be different from the one presented in these two alternatives A and B.  This table is given only as an indicative example of the principle rather than accurate information on how the amendments might be agreed in April 2001.

EU Governments are very keen to keep to their initial target, namely to phase out single hull tankers by 2005 (pre-MARPOL) and 2010 (MARPOL). However, it was recognised that the short notice of this ambitious programme may not be entirely feasible since the rate of removal of tonnage could not be met by the new tonnage delivered by shipyards. Thus, some of these tankers would be allowed to trade up to 2007 (pre-MARPOL) and 2015 (MARPOL) provided they go through a Condition Assessment Scheme (CAS) yet to be defined.

It should be noted in the table, there are two alternatives with respect to the pace of the phase-out of the Category 2 and Category 3 tankers.

Condition Assessment Scheme (CAS) – Underlying Principles

CAS is a condition to be fulfilled by some of the single hull tankers in order to be permitted to trade beyond 2005 and 2010 respectively. The main purpose is to set up a verification system to assess whether the condition of the ship would warrant prolongation of the tanker’s life. This system should add quality elements to the Enhanced Survey Programme in three directions, i.e. checks on the physical condition of the vessel, checks on documentation recording tanker’s past performance and possible improvements in survey and inspection practices.

Governments are actually requesting an assessment system to be established to measure and define the standards required to justify extension of tanker life. An inter-sessional meeting will further develop this aspect. INTERTANKO may lead an industry effort to assist IMO in defining, drafting and implementing such a system.

If you have any further questions, please contact (dragos.rauta@intertanko.com)

 

Category of oil tanker

Date by which ship shall comply with regulation 13F

Alternative A

Alternative B

Cat. 1

1/01/2003 for ships delivered in 1973 or earlier

1/01/2004 for ships delivered in 1974 & 1975

1/01/2005 for ships delivered in 1976 & 1977

1/01/2006 for ships delivered in 1978, 1979 & 1980

1/01/2007 for ships delivered in 1981 or later

Cat. 2

1/01/2003 for ships delivered in 1977 and earlier

1/01/2004 for ships delivered in 1978

1/01/2005 for ships delivered in 1979

1/01/2006 for ships delivered in 1980

1/01/2007 for ships delivered in 1981

1/01/2008 for ships delivered in 1982

1/01/2009 for ships delivered in 1983

1/01/2010 for ships delivered in 1984

1/01/2011 for ships delivered in 1985

1/01/2012 for ships delivered in 1986 & 1987

1/01/2013 for ships delivered in 1988 & 1989

1/01/2014 for ships delivered in 1990 and 1991

1/01/2015 for ships delivered in 1992 or later

 

1/01/2012 for ships delivered in 1986

1/01/2013 for ships delivered in 1987 & 1988

1/01/2014 for ships delivered in 1989 & 1990

1/01/2015 for ships delivered in 1991 & 1992

1/01/2016 for ships delivered in 1993 & 1994

1/01/2017 for ships delivered in 1995 & 1996

Cat. 3

1/01/2003 for ships delivered in 1974 and earlier

1/01/2004 for ships delivered in 1975 & 1976

1/01/2005 for ships delivered in 1977 & 1978

1/01/2006 for ships delivered in 1979 & 1980

1/01/2007 for ships delivered in 1981

1/01/2008 for ships delivered in 1982

1/01/2009 for ships delivered in 1983

1/01/2010 for ships delivered in 1984

1/01/2011 for ships delivered in 1985

1/01/2012 for ships delivered in 1986

1/01/2013 for ships delivered in 1987 & 1988

1/01/2014 for ships delivered in 1989, 1990 & 1991

1/01/2015 for ships delivered in 1992 or later

 

1/01/2013 for ships delivered in 1987

1/01/2014 for ships delivered in 1988

1/01/2015 for ships delivered in 1989 & 1990

1/01/2016 for ships delivered in 1991, 1992 & 1993

1/01/2017 for ships delivered in 1994 or later