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
EU Regulation 1257/2013 is intended to bring forward application of the Hong Kong Convention on Ship Recycling. It will become effective on 31 December 2018, unless the annual ship recycling output of the recycling facilities in the EU approved list has reached 2.5 million LDT before then, and will apply primarily to new EU flagged ships. Existing ships and ships flying third party Flags trading in EU waters will be requred to comply with the requirements for an Inventory of Hazardous Materials by the end of 2020.
On 19 December 2016 the EU published its list of approved facilities, which will be updated by further implementing acts as appropriate in the future.
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.
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.