Update: 6 Apr 2018
IMO posted, on its website, the revised circular MEPC.1/Circ.834/Rev.1 on Consolidated guidance for port reception facility providers and users on 19 March 2018 (available at https://gisis.imo.org/Public/PRF/Default.aspx).
Bulk carrier shipowners including INTERCARGO members are encouraged to send the APPENDIX 1 of MEPC.1/Circ.834/Rev.1 on pages 13-15 to all their bulk carriers and guide them to report to the Flag States concerned with findings of inadequacies of port reception facilities when they carry HME cargo and find it difficult to discharge the HME cargo residues and cargo hold washings at the discharging port. This is very important for INTERCARGO and all bulk carrier shipowners to seek solution from the legislation level – the rule of play.
When the Flag States receive the Reports, via APPENDIX 1 mentioned above, on inadequacies of port reception facilities, they will forward the Reports to IMO; and INTERCARGO would have the chance and be able to refer to those Reports at IMO meeting.
Let us – your offices, your bulk carrier masters and the INTERCARGO team work together, prepare/submit our Reports and jointly make it easier for your bulk carriers to deal with the HME cargo residues and cargo hold washings at the discharging port and all the ports they visit.
Update: 20 Feb 2018
What does the date 1 Mar 2018 mean to bulk carriers
For bulk carriers, 1 Mar 2018 is another milestone date when the amendments to MARPOL Annex V will enter into force. The amendments were adopted by IMO resolution MEPC.277(70) on 28 Oct 2016. Resolution MEPC.277(70) has 2 significant elements, relevant to bulk carriers from 1 Mar 2018: