Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70)
IMO set to move further on climate change
IMO is set to move further on climate change mitigation, with the proposed adoption of a mandatory regulation for ships to record and report their fuel consumption. The adoption is expected during this week’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), 70th session (24-28 October). Another key matter is a decision on the implementation date (2020 or 2025) for the global 0.50% m/m sulphur cap for fuel oil. With the Ballast Water Management Convention entering into force in September 2017, implementation of the treaty will be under consideration. The MEPC is expected to consider revised Guidelines for approval of ballast water management systems. Also on the agenda are proposals to designate a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) in Papua New Guinea and to designate the North Sea and Baltic Sea as emission control areas for nitrogen oxides (NOx). The MEPC was opened by Secretary-General Kitack Lim and is being chaired by Arsenio Dominguez (Panama).