INTERTANKO submits Line Clearing Circular proposal to the IMO

INTERTANKO's Chemical Tanker Committee has approved a submission to the 12th Session of the IMO's Sub-committee on Bulk Liquids and Gases ( BLG12) to be held in February 2008. In this paper, INTERTANKO proposes the development of a BLG Circular focusing on the continued practice by facilities of draining shore lines back to the vessel upon completion of Noxious Liquid Substance (NLS) cargo operations.


Chapter 8, Regulation 18 of MARPOL addresses the issue of reception facilities

and cargo unloading terminal arrangements. Paragraph 4 of this regulation clearly states

that draining shore lines back to the vessel upon completion of cargo unloading

operations is in direct violation of the new stripping requirements found in the 2007

Revisions to MARPOL Annex II.


In addition to violating the above regulation, line clearing back to the ship also contradicts the stripping requirements contained in Chapter 4 Regulation 12 of MARPOL Annex II.


The submission was developed in response to concerns by INTERTANKO members about the continuation of line clearing even after the Revised MARPOL Annex II took effect on 1 January 2007.


Click here to view the submission.


Contact: Howard Snaith or Margaret Doyle