The latest edition of the MEPC.2/Circ. was issued on 1 December. This circular acts as something of a supplement to the IBC Code and is made up of a series of lists showing products that have been evaluated and will be included in the next edition of the IBC Code, Tripartite agreements, carriage requrements for mixtures, and information on a number of issues such as contacts for tripartite agreements, lists of biofuels etc. This edition also includes a list of the products known as "Energy Rich Fuels" which must be carried under the provisions of MARPOL Annex I rather than Annex II.
Where products appear in the last edition of the circular (MEPC.2/Circ.23) but have been deleted from the latest edition, they can continue to be carried until 31st December 2018.
The Circular can be accessed in the Members' Area.
The 10th IPTA-Navigate Chemical and Product Tanker Conference will take place on 5th and 6th of March 2019. As well as analysis of the state of the chemical and product tanker markets, there will be updates on the status of amendments to MARPOL Annex II and the IBC Code and discussion of how the forthcoming measures to cut curb sulphur and greenhouse gas emissions will affect the chemical and product tanker sectors. For more information see www.cpt-conference.com
The IMO's Data Collection System will become effective on 1 January 2019, and under this system vessels of 5,000 gt and above will be required to collect information on the amount of fuel they consume, distance travelled and hours underway. The data collected over the course of a calendar year must be aggregated and reported to the Flag Administration for submission to a central databse managed by the IMO.
The EU had initially indicated its willingness to align its system to a global system tht might be developed by the IMO. The system that has now been developed by the IMO, however, is much less detailed than the EU system and will only make anonymised data available to analysis by IMO member states. The EU, by contrast, plans to make data on the supposed efficeincy of individual ships available to the general public. The European Commission is currently engaged on a consultation exercise to determine whether or not the two systems should be aligned.
International legislation prescribes that bulk liquids offered for shipment by sea must be accompanied by an MSDS based on the format agreed by the UN Globally Harmonised System of Labelling of Chemicals but IPTA Members report continuing issues associated with the provision of MSDS, including missing or incorrect information on topics such as physical characteristics and transport information of products being shipped. The MSDS Information Paper put together by IPTA, Intertanko, CDI, CEFIC and DGAC sets out the regulatory environment surrounding MSDS and provides information on the format and content of MSDS for products being shipped under the IBC code. We would suggest that ship oeprators bring this to the attention of charterers and shippers and encourage them to follow its recommendations.