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IMO MEPC 70 Outcome

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The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) held its 70th Session from Monday 24 through Friday 28 October 2016 under the chairmanship of Mr Arsenio Domingues (PANAMA) and his Vice Chair, Mr H Saito (JAPAN), both of whom were re-elected for 2017.

Two Working Groups (WG), one Drafting Group (DG), one Review Group (RG) and a Technical Group (TG) were formed and chaired as follows:
  1. WG1    Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency, Mr K Yoshida (JAPAN)
  2. WG2    GHG Emissions from Ships, Mr H Saito (JAPAN)
  3. DG1    Amendments to Mandatory Instruments, Mr H Steinbock (GERMANY)
  4. RG1    Ballast Water Management, Mr C Wiley (CANADA)
  5. TG1     Special Areas and PSSAs, Dr A Makinen (FINLAND)
The large meeting was attended by over 800 delegates from exactly 100 Member Governments and 2 Associates, together with Representatives from 3 UN and Specialised Agencies, 5 Inter-Governmental Organisations and 49 Non-Governmental Organisations.

In welcoming everyone, the Secretary-General of IMO, Mr K Lim, spoke of the challenge to ensure that future global growth can be achieved sustainably and traced how he envisaged IMO could contribute in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that world leaders had pledged in 2015.  He next spoke of the MEPC’s packed agenda (167 documents submitted under 18 items) and highlighted the Ballast Water Management Convention, also the demands of the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change on IMO as to the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions by ships.  In addition he referred to the mandatory energy efficiency requirements for international shipping which have been in force for over three years and for which he expected the meeting to endorse a further amendment to MARPOL Annex VI requiring ships to record and report data on their fuel consumption.  He also hoped that the Committee would take a decision on the implementation of a global sulphur cap based on a review of fuel oil availability. [...]


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