BIMCO shared two important issues at the top of its priority list ahead of the IMO Naval Environment Committee (MEPC) meeting next week.
These include: (1) the approval of a mandatory data collection system for fuel used on ships in international trade, and (2) the material progress in revising G8 guidelines for the approval of ballast water management systems – to solve problems. The Convention will enter into force in the near future.
The data collection system is a necessary first step in the IMO-agreed 3-step process for shipping greenhouse gases.
There will be three stages: (1) collecting data on fuel consumption – which requires system approval, (2) determining how much CO2 can be released by the shipping industry, and (3) setting further measures to reduce emissions if necessary. And what they should be.
Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Secretary-General of BIMCO, commented: “Knowing how much carbon dioxide is received by ships is essential before a detailed discussion can be made and a future agreement can be reached on the purpose of the emissions. Data on emissions – along with the target – are needed to determine what measures are needed by the maritime industry. ”
BIMCO would like to see the MEPC complete a review of the G8 guidelines – which are not yet adequate for IMO-approved systems to consistently meet the requirements of the Ballast Water Convention.
The amended guidelines are urgently needed by manufacturers, shipowners and regulators to familiarize themselves with the ambitions of the Ballast Water Convention. "The shipping industry needs reliable ballast water treatment systems that are suitable for global use," Pedersen said.
"The systems currently approved by the IMO may not always meet the required standards in the actual operating conditions of the ship, and there are currently no systems approved in accordance with the much stricter standards of the USCG."