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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

No. 41/2006




Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC 55) works on key environmental issues

Moved away from its headquarters on Albert Embankment, London , the International Maritime Organization (IMO) conducted this week the 55th session of the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC 55) at London 's Central Hall in Westminster , the site of the very first United Nations meeting in 1947.   Perhaps demonstrating the increasing importance of environmental issues, this temporary...... More


MEPC - Ballast water management

A Review Group was established early in the week to assess whether technology would be available for the shipping industry in time to meet the first application date of the IMO Convention on Ballast Water, i.e. 1 st January 2009.   Following a lengthy discussion in the Review Group an unsatisfactory conclusion was agreed upon in which the Group suggested that treatment technology ‘would probabl...... More


MEPC - Ship recycling

A Working Group was convened to further develop the draft Ship Recycling Convention. It agreed to stage an inter-sessional working group in May 2007 to ensure that the Convention is ready in time for adoption at a Conference in 2009.   Following a flurry of activity on the issue over the last three years, the Working Group at this session settled into the more mundane but important drafting...... More


MEPC - South Africa Special Area

The MEPC agreed on the establishment of a MARPOL Special Area in the southern South African Sea. In addition to this, and owing to the fact that this will not enter into force until 1 March 2008, a special circular has been agreed upon which encourages industry to begin adopting practices consistent with the aims and objectives of designating this region as a Special Area on a voluntary basis....... More


MEPC – Australia – Torres Strait pilotage

INTERTANKO together with INTERCARGO, BIMCO and ICS, submitted a paper to MEPC 55/8/3 raising our concerns regarding Australian Marine Notice 8/2006. The Australian notice and the associated Australian Marine Orders Part 54, state that ships transiting the Torres Strait "must" engage the services of a pilot, and they impose significant penalties for non-compliance.   INTERTANKO has maintained it...... More


MEPC - Major review of rules and guidelines for oil residues and bilge water treatment

As a result of a submission from Denmark and written comments and suggestions from other delegations, including a joint INTERTANKO/INTERCARGO submission, it was decided at the 55 th session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 55) to delegate to the Design and Equipment Sub-Committee (DE) the task of revising relevant regulations of MARPOL Annex I and Annex VI and IMO...... More


MEPC - List of reclassified products reviewed

As part of the agenda for the 55 th session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 55), the Committee reviewed and accepted MEPC 55 WP 8, a working paper developed by the drafting group tasked to review the amendments to the International Bulk Chemical (IBC) Code.   MEPC WP 8 contains a list of the products that have been classified or re-classified since the adoption of the...... More


P&A Manual instructions and templates now available

Further to our article in Weekly NEWS No. 40/2006 of 6 October 2006 on the importance of applying for your revised P&A Manuals as soon as possible and the availability of templates from Det Norske Veritas (DNV), we are pleased to advise we have now received feedback from:   1. Lloyd's Register   Lloyd's has requested us to circulate the following information to members:   a)      Instructions f...... More


INTERTANKO attends Port State Control Committee meeting of the Vina del Mar Agreement

At the invitation of the Vina del Mar Agreement Secretariat, Carlos Juan Madinabeitia of Tradewind Tankers, the incoming Chairman of INTERTANKO’s Latin American Panel, represented INTERTANKO at the 13th meeting of Vina del Mar Agreement Port State Control Committee held from 19-22 September 2006 in Margarita , Venezuela .   He provided the Committee with an overview of INTERTANKO's mission,...... More


6 December – ITOPF/INTERTANKO: Tanker Safety & Pollution Prevention Seminar, Dubai

ITOPF and INTERTANKO are jointly organising a Seminar in association with Vela International Marine Limited, Dubai Drydocks, and Gulf Energy Maritime at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai on Wednesday, 6 December 2006. The Seminar will address tanker safety issues, highlighting opportunities for preventing pollution from ships, and recommending procedures for dealing with pollution...... More


DNV Casualty Information No. 5 – Cracked Rubber Diaphragm.

We have now been given permission by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) to circulate to our members their Casualty Information papers.   Click here to view No. 5 – Cracked Rubber Diaphragm. ... More


A further presentation available from the INTERTANKO Vetting Seminar

Further to our article in Weekly NEWS No. 40/2006 of 6 October 2006 regarding the Vetting Seminar hosted by INTERTANKO in London on 2 October, we are also pleased to circulate the presentation given by David George, Global Ship Quality Assurance Manager, Shell, and Nick Roberts, Senior Ship Assessor, STASCO entitled 'Incidents, Fatigue & Fatigue Management'. Click here to view.   Contact : Howa...... More


Anti-fouling foot-dragging not acceptable

The International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships , was adopted on 5 October 2001. But to date only 17 out of 166 IMO member states have ratified the Convention. The IMO Secretariat has recently submitted a paper strongly urging member states to ratify the Convention ; but such slow ratification of important conventions gets the IMO a bad name. Those responsib...... More


Oil demand revised downwards again

Oil demand revised downwards again   This week the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris again revised downwards its projection for the increase in world oil demand in 2006/7. Oil demand is now projected to grow by 1.03 mbd in 2006 (its previous forecast was 1.09 mbd growth) to 84.6 mbd, and by 1.45 mbd in 2007 (its forecast was 1.54 mbd growth) to 86.02 mbd (its forecast a month ago was...... More


Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) trades – billion cubic feet

    Importers   Exporters USA C&S America Europe India Japan South Korea Taiwan, China Export % share Trin. & Tob. 439 32 20 0 0 0 0 492 7% Algeria 97 0 786 0 3 0 0 886 13% Egypt 73 0 162 0 6 11 0 251 4% Nigeria 8 0 421 0 0 0 0 429 6% Oman 2 0 61 3 54 209 6 336 5% Qatar 3 0 161 213 316 293 0 987 14% UAE 0 0 11 0 260 3 0 273 4% Australia 0 0 0 6 517 41 17 581 9% Brunei 0 0 0 0 305 28 0 333 5%...... More



[ Please note that INTERTANKO Committee meetings are for committee members only and are not open to other members. ]   18 October – INTERTANKO/INTERCARGO Members' Lunch, London The next members’ lunch for UK-based INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO members will be on Wednesday, 18 October 2006 from 12.00 to 14.30 at the Associations' London office, St Clare House, 30-33 Minories, London EC3N 1DD. Contac...... More



NEW PUBLICATION * ‘Vetting Clauses - A Practical Guide’ * NEW PUBLICATION

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