INTERTANKO contacts Panama Canal to clarify policy on cargoes loaded prior to Annex II entry into force but discharged after it

The Panama Canal Authority's (ACP's) Advisory number 35-2006, issued in advance of the impending implementation of MARPOL Annex II, properly outlines what certificates will be required after 1 January 2007 - but does not address the issue of cargo loaded prior to 1 January 2007 that will not be discharged before year's end.


INTERTANKO recently contacted Arcelio Hartley, the ACP's Acting Maritime Operations Director, as a follow-up to the issuance of this Advisory, to remind the ACP that when a cargo is loaded prior to the entry into force date of 1 January 2007 and unloaded after the entry into force date of the revised Annex II to MARPOL 73/78, the classification of the cargo at the time of loading will remain valid until it has been unloaded and consequential requirements have been met. This agreement can be found on page 1 of BLG./Circ.19, which is the reference that administrations have been instructed to use regarding this specific issue.


On 3 July 2006 the International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued Circular Letter No. 2730 to all IMO Member States and all Parties to MARPOL 73/78, the United Nations (the IMO parent organisation) and its specialised agencies, all Intergovernmental Organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations with Consultative Status. The subject of the Circular Letter is the "Entry into force of the revised Annex II to MARPOL 73/78 and the amended IBC Code". Circular Letter 2730 defers to BLG Circ 19 as the guidance to be used by Administrations in preparing for the Annex II implementation:


'In order to assist national Administrations and other stakeholders in their preparations for the entry into force of the revised MARPOL Annex II and the amended IBC Code, a BLG circular (BLG.1/Circ.19) has been issued listing those products which to date have been classified or re-classified since the adoption of the amended IBC Code in 2004.'


Contact: Margaret Doyle