In demonstrating its ongoing commitment to supporting the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and within its remit as the Organization’s principal technical advisor, IACS will actively participate in the forthcoming 78th session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 78), which will meet remotely from 6 to 10 June 2022.

Noting the work IACS Members perform as Recognized Organizations of IMO Member States, verifying compliance of ships with IMO agreed requirements, and with a view to achieve clarity for all parties, IACS has submitted the following papers:

MEPC 78/4 raises concerns about the temporary storage of treated sewage and grey water in the ballast tanks and seeks clarification from the Committee on the permission of such practice under the BWM Convention; also, the document provides possible approaches to be considered, if the permission of such practice is confirmed.

MEPC 78/9 comments on document MEPC 76/9/5 containing proposed changes to the draft amendments to appendix II of MARPOL Annex I, the draft Oil Record Book (ORB) guidance and the draft 2020 Integrated Bilge Water Treatment System (IBTS) guidelines.

MEPC 78/INF.16 provides information on the development of the 2022 IACS guidelines for the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for the purposes of deriving the Vref in the framework of EEXI regulation, which will be incorporated in an IACS Recommendation.

MEPC 78/INF.27 provides IACS’ understanding and recommendations contained in the new draft 2022 IACS guidelines on the implementation of EEXI. The Guidelines will be incorporated in an IACS Recommendation which is to be published soon.

IACS will also provide advice and comments to the Committee under agenda items 3 (Consideration of adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments), agenda item 7 (Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships), agenda item 9 (Pollution Prevention and Response) and agenda item 15 (Any Other Business).

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

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