In demonstrating its ongoing commitment to support the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), IACS will participate in the eighth session of the IMO’s Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 8) which will meet from 22 to 26 March 2021.  IACS has submitted/co-sponsored the following papers:

  • PPR 8/7/9 proposes modifications to the draft amendments to MARPOL Annex IV and the 2012 Guidelines prepared by the Correspondence Group on Amendments to MARPOL Annex IV and Associated Guidelines as contained in document PPR 8/7.
  • PPR 8/11/2 provides comments on the revised proposed protocol as contained in document PPR 8/11. The IACS paper offers improvements to the draft text addressing several aspects of the protocol, including that the testing of a compliance monitoring device (CMD) should be conducted using samples of treated and untreated (or partially treated) ballast water to evaluate the ability of CMDs to differentiate between viable and non-viable organisms in ballast water. IACS also recommends clarifying the scope of ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation with respect to testing of a compliance monitoring device, and to provide guidance on how to evaluate the appropriateness of ISO/IEC 17025 accredited facility for device testing.

IACS will also contribute to the discussions on the rationale for additional amendments to the guidelines associated with MARPOL Annex IV.

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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