Tanker pump room bottom protection and access to shore-based computer programmes for salvage operations

As previously reported in our article in Weekly NEWS No. 3 of 16 January 2004, the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) at its 51st Session (MEPC 51) in March 2004 approved the proposed new regulation 13I (Pump room bottom protection) and amendments to regulation 26 (Shipboard oil pollution emergency plan) of MARPOL Annex I, with a view to adoption at MEPC 52 (October 2004). The IMO has recently released the text of these new provisions, which can be accessed here

As background information, the new amendments were the result of a proposal by INTERTANKO (click here to download a copy of INTERTANKO’s submission to the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Equipment, 47th session) addressing the issues originally raised by the United Kingdom (click here to view the U.K. submission to MEPC47 of 10 October 2001). The Committee agreed that new regulation 13I shall apply to oil tankers of 5,000 tons deadweight and above constructed on or after 1 January 2007 and agreed to insert that date in the square brackets of proposed new regulation 13I(1) accordingly.

Contact: Dragos Rauta