MEPC - South Africa Special Area

The MEPC agreed on the establishment of a MARPOL Special Area in the southern South African Sea. In addition to this, and owing to the fact that this will not enter into force until 1 March 2008, a special circular has been agreed upon which encourages industry to begin adopting practices consistent with the aims and objectives of designating this region as a Special Area on a voluntary basis. Particular emphasis was placed on the prevention of cargo tank washing by oil tankers, which has been mentioned specifically within the MEPC Circular.


A copy of the finalised delineation of the new Special area together with the final draft of the circular will be published in the Weekly NEWS when available from the IMO.


Contact: Tim Wilkins