BoardMarine Accident Investigators Forum in Asia

SubjectMEPC Designates Southern South Africa Special Area Hit1565
WriterLee Min Jung Date2006.10.20

Thursday, 19 October 2006 <br /> <br />At its meeting last week IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) – adopted amendments to<br> MARPOL designating the waters off Southern South Africa as a Special Area under the MARPOL Convention<br> for the prevention of pollution by ships. The move will provide measures to protect wildlife and the marine<br> environment in an ecologically important region used intensively by shipping. <br /> <br />In an Annex I Special Area, any discharge into the sea of oil or oily mixtures from ships of 400 gt and above is<br> prohibited except when certain conditions apply. Other Special Areas designated under MARPOL Annex I are: the<br> Mediterranean Sea, Baltic Sea, Black Sea, Red Sea, "Gulfs" Area, Gulf of Aden, Antarctic, North West European<br> Waters and the Oman area of the Arabian Sea. <br /> <br />The MEPC also agreed a Circular which requests Member Governments and industry groups to comply with the<br> Special Area requirements immediately on a voluntary basis and, in particular, requests them to urge oil tankers<br> to refrain from washing their cargo tanks in the new Special Area, pending the entry into force of the amendment, <br>which will take effect from March 2008. <br /> <br />The MEPC Working Group on Ship Recycling has developed the text of the draft convention providing globally<br> applicable ship recycling regulations for international shipping and for recycling activities and it will ask the IMO<br> Council, when it meets next June, to allocate a five-day international conference in the 2008-2009 biennium to <br>adopt it. <br /> <br />It is intended that the convention will provide regulations for: * the design, construction, operation and preparation<br> of shipsso as to facilitate safe and environmentally sound recycling, without compromising the safety and operational<br> efficiency of ships; * the operation of ship recycling facilities in a safe and environmentally sound manner; and *the<br> establishment of an appropriate enforcement mechanism for ship recycling, incorporatingcertification and reporting <br> requirements.

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