INTERTANKO attends meeting of the National Institute of Oilseed Products (NIOP) Technical Committee

INTERTANKO Chemicals Manager Margaret Doyle participated in a meeting of the National Institute of Oilseed Products (NIOP) Technical Committee held on 13 October 2003 in New York, NY. NIOP is an international trade association with the principal objective of promoting the general business welfare of persons, firms and corporations engaged in the buying, selling, processing, shipping, storage and use of vegetable oils and raw materials.

INTERTANKO was asked to update the Committee on the results of the 9th Session of the IMO Working Group on the Evaluation of Safety and Pollution Hazards (ESPH 9) held in London from 1-5 September 2003. Ms Doyle discussed the review of the text of the IBC Code as a result of changes to the Classification System and Criteria for Assigning Carriage Requirements (as a result of the proposed revisions to MARPOL Annex II).

Because this amendment process involves changes to the criteria for assigning ship types corresponding with the revised MARPOL Annex II, and because products are assigned ship types relative to their safety and the pollution hazards, it was a primary topic of interest to the NIOP Technical Committee. As NIOP members know, the change to the Globally Harmonised System of classification (GHS system) involved new criteria for assigning ship types on pollution grounds. The change of the pollution categorisation system was approved by MEPC 49. Mr. Stuart Logan of FOSFA was also on hand at the NIOP Technical Committee meeting to brief the group on the outcome of MEPC 49.

Regarding the outstanding data required of the vegetable oil industry, it was reported at ESPH that the GESAMP/GHS Working Group had provisionally evaluated the 17 specific vegetable oils identified by the industry as being transported in bulk by sea. This has allowed the Pollution Category and Ship Type to be determined for these products, but in future any additional vegetable oils will be evaluated on the basis of the data provided. Data submitted for a range of polyols will be evaluated by the GESAMP/EHS Group in April 2004

FOSFA also updated the group on the testing and status of a number of the products requested. The NIOP Technical Committee preceded the NIOP Board Meeting held on 14 October 2003 at the same location.

Contact: Margaret Doyle