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Wednesday, January 17, 2018


IMO's Design and Equipment Sub-Committee meeting this week has agreed to recommend adoption of the IMO Guidelines for Bunker Sampling with the inclusion of most of the amendments suggested by INTERTANKO. The most important amendment required by INTERTANKO and supported by many delegations, was to define the location of bunker samples to be taken at the vessel's bunker manifold only and nowhere else. Governments of Singapore, Norway, Panama, Cyprus, Greece, UK and many others recognised the need for a clear-cut definition of this location for the purpose of monitoring compliance with requirements of the MARPOL Annex VI. Bahamas was the only Government representative who has insisted not to adopt such a clear definition. The arguments were however on commercial aspects and thus not recognised by IMO.

This is an important achievement for INTERTANKO to the benefit to all vessel operators, and we would like to acknowledge the considerable support from IACS on this issue. It is significant to mention that the drafting group set up to deal with this issue in IMO had quite a few members from the INTERTANKO Bunker Sub-Committee, together with experts from the petroleum services provided by Class Societies, which illustrates the importance of the co-operation and joint efforts undertaken by various INTERTANKO and industry committees.

Although the IMO Guidelines are not necessarily binding documents in the first place, the strong support from many Administrations indicate that this is going to be the procedure expected and required by their respective port authorities. On the other hand, Singapore (as reported earlier) has amended their own regulations to the same extent that INTERTANKO requested IMO to adopt.

INTERTANKO will use this important achievement and promote similar standards into the relevant ISO Committee. More detailed information on the IMO Guidelines will be given next week. Until then, any further information can be obtained from Dr. Timothy Gunner ( or Dragos Rauta ( who represented INTERTANKO at the meeting.