13th Session of the IMO Working Group on the Evaluation of Safety and Pollution Hazards (ESPH)

INTERTANKO participated in the 13th Session of the  IMO Working Group on the Evaluation of Safety and Pollution Hazards (ESPH) of the of the Bulk Liquids and Gases Sub-committee (BLG), held in Tokyo, Japan, from 22-26 October 2007.  Agenda items discussed included:


  • The Evaluation of Cleaning Additives - Consideration of the procedure for the re-evaluation of cleaning additives based on MEPC.1 Circ 590 and re-evaluation of cleaning additives in Annex 10 to the MEPC.2 Circular


  • Consideration of the outcome of the most recent session (EHS 44) of the GESAMP/EHS Work Group


  • The Evaluation of New Products


  • Review of MEPC.2/Circular – provisional classification of liquid substances transported in bulk related matters


  • Review and completion of, as necessary, the information set out to document BLG 11/3/2 on the interpretation of ratings of the GESAMP Hazard Profiles for classification purposes


  • Consideration of the application of the requirements for the carriage of biofuels and biofuel blends based on BLG 11/10


  • Review of Chapter 19 of the IBC Code


  • Review of a draft BLG circular for the use of specific entries in the IBC Code instead of generic entries, when appropriate


  • Development of funding arrangements for the work of GESAMP/EHS taking into account the decisions made by MEPC 56 on the agreed option


  • Next meeting of the ESPH 

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Contact: Margaret Doyle