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  • "Cybersecurity for shipping - preparing for a digital world" (Other issues) 19-Feb-2017

    The first 2017 session of lNTERCARGO lunchtime presentations successfully took place at our London office on 17 Feb. Many thanks to our Associate Member DNV GL for delivering two presentations, one of which on the topic of:...

  • Lifeboats (Other issues) 08-Feb-2017

    Outcome of MSC 97, Nov 2016 The 97th session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 97), held from 21 to 25 Nov 2016, considered documents MSC 97/19/4 and MSC 97/INF.3 (INTERCARGO et al.), related to the work of SSE 4 to...

  • Draft Guidelines for simulated launching for free fall lifeboat (Other issues) 03-Feb-2017

    3 Feb 2017:- It is to advises INTERCARGO members of recent development made by INTERCARGO and its industry association partners together with some flag States, emphasizing industry concerns with lifeboat drills on board. The...

  • Zika virus (Other issues) 27-Jul-2016

    27 Jul 2016: With many thanks to our member Videotel for their new safety and training video about the Zika virus, you are invited to circulate following webpage link across your offices for free access to the video and a...

  • Panama Canal (Other issues) 13-Jun-2016

    Update, 13 June 2016:- 1. The expanded Panama Canal will be formally opened on 26 Jun 2016. • As per its Advisory No. A-30-2016, dated May 31, 2016, beginning June 27, 2016, the maximum allowable draft for vessels...

12 Feb 2016:-

INTERCARGO et al jointly submitted a paper to IMO, proposing a draft MEPC circular addressing concerns about the availability of Port Reception Facilities (PRF) to receive cargo hold washwater containing solid bulk cargo residues deemed harmful to the Marine Environment. Click here to download the paper "MEPC 69-11-2 - Draft MEPC circular on the provision of port reception facilities for cargoes declared as... ( Marshall Islands, INTERCARGO...)."

The paper suggests that enforcement of MARPOL V would be enhanced by recognising that the provision of appropriate facilities to receive potentially considerable quantities of hold washing water may be inadequately described in the GISIS entry for some ports and terminals. Furthermore, it is suggested that an alignment of the 2012 Guidelines for the implementation of MARPOL Annex V (resolution MEPC. 219(63) as amended and promulgated through the 2017 Edition of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC Code) would encourage the provision of appropriate PRF with appropriate environmental concerns addressed through the retention of safeguards promoted in MEPC.1/Circ.810.

12 Feb 2016:-
Based on Member's recent feedback on port reception facilities and problems faced during ship’s stay in some ports, the enclosed "Progress update of INTERCARGO Terminal Reporting and difficulties with HME residue reception facilities" is a summary of recent reports for reference.

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