MEPC 53 approves Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs)

Amendments to the Guidelines for the Designation of Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs) were approved this week by the MEPC. INTERTANKO was involved in the working group and ensured that the amendments were consistent with its objectives. In particular, this related to ensuring that the associated protective measures (APMs) proposed to assist in protecting the areas are submitted with the application for a new PSSA.  These guidelines will be submitted to the IMO Assembly for final adoption. 

In addition to the amended Guidelines, the Committee approved the designation of the Canary Islands, the Galapagos Archipelago and the Baltic Sea Area (excluding Russian waters) as PSSAs. Details of the associated protective measures to be implemented with these PSSAs will be circulated once the final documents have been issued by the IMO. It is noted, however, that the APMs for the Canary Islands will require reporting; for the Galapagos Archipelago an area to be avoided is detailed; and the Baltic Sea has two ship routeing measures to be implemented. 

Contact: Tim Wilkins