IMO Working Group on the Evaluation of Safety and Pollution Hazards (ESPH) meets during BLG 12

INTERTANKO participated in the latest session of the IMO Working Group on the Evaluation of Safety and Pollution Hazards held during the Twelfth Session of the Bulk Liquids and Gases (BLG 12) in London from 4-8 February 2008.


The ESPH session was chaired by Mrs. Marja Tiemens-Idzinga from The Netherlands. The group included delegations from 15 countries (China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Singapore, the UK, and the U.S.) and four non-governmental organizations (International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Dangerous Goods Advisory Council (DGAC), INTERTANKO, and the International Parcel Tankers Association (IPTA)).


During her introduction at BLG 12, Mrs. Marja Tiemens-Idzinga informed the working group that this would be her last meeting as Chairman of the ESPH Working Group.  INTERTANKO echoed all of the kind words that were said at the close of the Working Group on 6 February, in appreciation of all of Mrs. Tiemens-Idzinga’s hard work relative to the monumental task of Revising MARPOL Annex II and amending the IBC Code.


Agenda items discussed included:


  • The evaluation of new products
  • Evaluation of cleaning additives
  • Review of the MEPC.2 Circular
  • New date for the MEPC.2/Circ.14
  • Review of Chapter 19 of the IBC Code
  • Consideration of the application of the requirements for the carriage of biofuels and biofuel blends


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Next meeting of ESPH 14


The next meeting of the ESPH Group (ESPH 14) is scheduled for 27-31 October 2008 at the IMO Headquarters in London.


A full report of the proceedings, including a copy of the full report and subsequent Annexes, will be contained in the next issue of the Weekly NEWS.


Contact: Margaret Doyle