ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE GATHERS FOR 13TH MEETING­

INTERTANKO’s Environmental sub-Committee met this week in London to discuss i.a. ballast water management, the submissions to IMO on standards for treatment technology, the phasing out of ballast water exchange and the proposal for a two-tier legislative system. The ship recycling issue was also considered and the Committee agreed to take further action on anti-fouling paints, fuel oil tagging and port reception facilities.

Under the chairmanship of Dott. Paolo d’Amico, INTERTANKO’s Environmental sub-Committee held its 13th meeting this week in London. Seen as an interim meeting owing to the many key issues to be addressed in the first quarter of this year, the Committee acted upon a number of environmentally ‘hot’ issues.

Initially the meeting was planned to deal with issues arising from the forthcoming Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) at the IMO in early March. The MEPC meeting will be covering three of the main policy issues of the Committee, namely ballast water management, ship recycling and anti-fouling paints. High on the list of policy issues was the ballast water management debate and the submissions to IMO on standards for treatment technology, the phasing out of ballast water exchange and the proposal for a two-tier legislative system. Some 19 papers on ballast water alone were presented and discussed at the meeting. INTERTANKO’s activities with other ballast projects including MARTOB http://www.marinetech.ncl.ac.uk/research/martob and GloBallast http://globallast.imo.org were also discussed with the Committee wishing to promote a keen awareness that the industry needed to be involved not only in the legislative aspect of this issue but also in the technological development for the future.

Owing to increased attention to the Ship Recycling issue, thanks primarily to a recent Greenpeace campaign, the Committee agreed to work on an information pack on ship recycling for members along with a paper outlining the technical and practical difficulties of meeting the Greenpeace demands for sterile ships to be sent for demolition. It was also felt that INTERTANKO would not benefit from entering into a public debate on the issue with Greenpeace.

The Committee also agreed to take further action on anti-fouling paints, fuel oil tagging and port reception facilities. A full Action Plan will be placed on the Environmental Committee page of the INTERTANKO website once approved by the Committee.

Contact: Tim Wilkins, tim.wilkins@intertanko.com