Emissions to water
Overview of major issues
IMO has adopted the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) which has not yet entered into force and the US has issued national regulations for ballast water management for ships entering US waters. Some of the requirements of the two are the same, such as the ballast water discharge standard, BWM plan, BWM record book and ballast water exchange. Others are different, in particular, the BWM system type approval requirements and the implementation schedule for installing a BWM system. These differences, combined with the IMO BWM convention not yet being in force, make it very difficult for INTERTANKO members to determine when they should install a BWM system and which BWM system they should install. INTERTANKO has actively engaged, and will continue to actively engage, within IMO and with the US Coast Guard to assist members in ensuring their tankers comply with both international and national BWM requirements. In addition, INTERTANKO will work to ensure that when the IMO BWM Convention enters into force, port state control requirements are reasonable and not overly burdensome for members.
Reception facilities & waste minimization
Annexes 1 and 2 of MARPOL require parties to this convention to provide adequate reception facilities in their ports and terminals to receive oily residues and oily mixtures without causing undue delay to ships. In addition, these annexes provide specific requirements requiring the capacity of these reception facilities. Unfortunately, many of these ports and terminals either do not have adequate reception facilities to meet members’ tankers needs or if they do, they are extremely expensive or require considerable time to use, delaying the tanker. INTERTANKO has actively engaged, and will continue to engage, with port authorities to ensure that adequate reception facilities for the discharge of tanker oily residues and oily mixtures are provided at a reasonable cost and with no delay to the tanker. In addition, INTERTANKO will provide advice and guidance to members to assist them in properly disposing of and minimizing their oily wastes.
Hull fouling management
IMO adopted the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships which prohibits the use of certain substances as an anti-fouling system on ships’ hulls. This convention entered into force in 2008. INTERTANKO has prepared a Guide to Modern Anti-Fouling Systems and Bio-Fouling Management to assist members in complying with the requirements of this convention and to preclude port state control action being taken against their tankers for non-compliance.
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