IACS participation at MEPC 75

In demonstrating its ongoing commitment to support the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and within its remit as the Organization’s principal technical advisor, IACS will participate actively in the forthcoming 75th session of the IMO’s Maritime Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC 75), which will meet remotely from 16 to 20 November 2020.

Noting the work IACS Members undertake in verifying compliance with the implementation of IMO-agreed requirements on behalf of IMO Member States (in their capacities as Recognized Organizations), and to provide greater clarity for all industry stakeholders, IACS has submitted the following papers:

MEPC 75/3/4 proposing the deletion of the draft new paragraph 20.3.2 of MARPOL Annex VI which, if adopted, would introduce a new responsibility for Member States to report attained EEDI data and related information for ships already delivered.  The proposed modifications should avoid the creation of an unnecessary administrative burden for Member States.   This paper also requests confirmation by  the Committee that the reporting of attained EEDI and related information for passenger ships, other than ro-ro passenger ships and cruise passenger ships with non-conventional propulsion, should not be covered by the new draft regulation 20.3 of MARPOL Annex VI.

MEPC 75/11/3 (together with co-sponsors) proposing the revision to paragraph 6.5.5 of the draft Model agreement for the authorisation of Recognized Organizations acting on behalf of the Administration, with a view to its practical and clear implementation.

IACS will also contribute to the discussions under agenda item 3 (Amendments to Mandatory Instruments), agenda item 6 (Energy Efficiency of ships), and agenda item 10 (PPR 7 Sub-Committee report).

Further, IACS will stand ready to provide its advice to Member States on agenda item 7, the reduction of GHG emissions from ships, aiming to support the agreement on short-term measures in accordance with IMO's strategy and timeline on the reduction of GHGs from shipping.

Any enquiries regarding the above should be sent to Mr Konstantin Petrov, IACS Accredited Representative to IMO, at arimo@iacs.org.uk

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