BLG 12 - INTERTANKO Submission on Line Draining - Outcome of debate

As previously reported in our Weekly NEWS, INTERTANKO, with the unanimous agreement of the INTERTANKO Chemical Tanker Committee and Chemical Tanker Sub-Committee (Americas), made a submission to BLG 12 (document BLG 12/16/3), which was discussed this week at BLG. The document highlighted our concern at the increasing number of requests by terminals, globally, for shore lines (chicksans and/or cargo hoses) to be drained back to the vessel upon completion of discharge, as such practice is in contravention of MARPOL Annex II regulation 18.

 

Unfortunately, there was no support forthcoming for the INTERTANKO proposal - from our industry association partners or attending governments - to issue an IMO circular requesting Member States to bring to the attention of their terminals that such practice is in contravention of MARPOL Annex II regulation 18.

 

The predominant reason given by those who disagreed with the INTERTANKO proposal was that it was not felt such practice was widespread. As a consequence BLG 12 did not agree to issue a circular as we had proposed.

 

Click here for a copy of the INTERTANKO submission.

 

 Contact: Howard Snaith