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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

No. 30/2003




IMO plans for MEPC 50 in December

The IMO will hold an extra session of MEPC (50) on 1 and 4 December 2003. The aim is to conclude amendments to Annex 1 of MARPOL covering the accelerated phase-out of single-hull tankers, the expansion of the Condition Assessment Scheme (CAS), and restrictions on the carriage of heavy grades of oil (HGO) to double-hull tankers. ... More


IMO Summary of MEPC49 Meeting

The IMO summary of the meeting is now available on their website covering all the issues dealt with but drawing on the accelerated single-hull phase out proposal, the Ballast Water Convention and the Ship Recycling Guidelines as the main developments during the week long meeting.... More


INTERTANKO’s Latin American Panel meets in Miami

Regional and international issues discussed at the third meeting of INTERTANKO’s Latin American Panel in Miami on Thursday 24 July.... More


Symposium on ballast treatment technology

This week IMO staged a three-day symposium on research and development in ballast treatment technology. A cross-section of treatment types was examined, the most dominant options being de-oxygenation, filtration, biocides and heat treatment.... More


Deficient AIS units found on vessels entering Panama Canal waters

On 1 July 2003 the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) implemented its mandatory requirements for the carriage of Automatic Identification Systems (AIS ) in Panama Canal waters. Some vessels have been found to have malfunctioning AIS units.... More


Increase in the number of requests for SIRE reports

The number of requests for SIRE reports has increased from 15,123 for the period May 2000 to May 2001, to 20,363 for the period May 2002 to May 2003. The number of submitted reports also increased from 9,482 to 10, 752 in the same period.... More


BUNKER ALERT: High abrasives fuels in Philadelphia

Over the past two weeks, DNV Petroleum Services has analysed several HFO samples from the port of Philadelphia with Aluminium plus Silicon (Al + Si) content exceeding the ISO 8217: 1996 specification of maximum 80 ppm. The Al + Si levels in these samples range from 106 ppm to 163 ppm with an average of 132 ppm. Efficient centrifuging is essential for all fuels, including those that meet the Al ...... More


Consequences of the EU/IMO phase-out decisions

As advised in our Weekly News No. 29A (Special) circulated to members on Wednesday, the European Union (EU) has now finally decided to implement its unilateral accelerated phase-out scheme for single-hull (SH) tankers without waiting for international consensus at IMO. This means that as from September/October this year, all SH tankers carrying heavy fuel oils, bitumen, tar and their emulsions ...... More



Lloyd’s List, 18 July – INTERTANKO - Shipping ministry may scrap ban on tankers Lloyd’s List, 18 July - INTERTANKO  backs fuel code from Singapore Fairplay Daily News, 23 July 2003 - Indian tanker ban will stay TradeWinds, 25 July -  INTERTANKO Phase-out doldrums Singapore Shipping Times, 23 July 2003 - - Treat IMO tanker compromise with caution Fairplay Daily News, 24 July 2003 - USCG hears...... More