IMO Safety of Navigation Sub-committee’s 50th Session assesses PSSAs

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) will host the 50th meeting of its Safety of Navigation Sub-committee (NAV) next week in London. INTERTANKO has always maintained a high presence at the NAV Sub-committee and several issues relating to INTERTANKO’s work programme are on the agenda.

Although already agreed in principle by the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), the navigational aspects related to the designation of Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSA) are to be assessed by this Sub-committee. NAV will assess the proposal for compulsory pilotage in the Torres Straight, as part of the Great Barrier Reef PSSA. INTERTANKO, along with other industry bodies, is concerned that the acceptance of this requirement may set a precedent around the world, with other areas of international waters being designated for compulsory pilotage. Perhaps more controversial is the Western European PSSA, which will also be under assessment during the session. Another four routeing proposals will also be reviewed during the week.
In addition to the above, other matters to be followed by the INTERTANKO delegation include: anchoring, mooring and towing equipment matters; maritime safety; casualty analysis; and AIS (Automatic Identification Systems) issues.

A full report of the outcome of the meeting will be given in next week’s Weekly NEWS.

Contacts: Howard Snaith, Tim Wilkins