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Shipping Coordinating Committee to Address Various Matters at Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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The State Department’s Shipping Coordinating Committee will conduct open meetings Jan. 21 and Feb. 11 at the Coast Guard Personnel Service Center in Arlington, Virginia, and the Coast Guard headquarters building in Washington, D.C., respectively. The primary purpose of the Jan. 21 meeting is to prepare for the first session of the International Maritime Organization’s Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response, which will be held Feb. 3-7 in the United Kingdom. The primary purpose of the Feb. 11 meeting is to prepare for the  first session of the IMO’s Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping, which will be held Feb. 17-21 in the UK.

The agenda for the Jan. 21 meeting will include adoption of the agenda; decisions of other IMO bodies; evaluation of safety and pollution hazards of liquid chemicals and preparation of consequential amendments to the IBC Code; development of a code for the transport and handling of limited amounts of

hazardous and noxious liquid substances in bulk on offshore support vessels; additional guidelines for implementation of the BWM Convention; production of a manual entitled “Ballast Water Management - How to do it”; improved and new technologies approved for ballast water management systems and reduction of atmospheric pollution; consideration of the impact on the Arctic of emissions of black carbon from international shipping; review of relevant non-mandatory instruments as a consequence of the

amended MARPOL Annex VI and the NOx Technical Code; implementation of the OPRC Convention and the OPRC-HNS Protocol and relevant conference resolutions; consideration of IACS unified interpretations; casualty analysis; biennial agenda and provisional agenda for PPR 2; election of chairman and vice-chairman for 2015; any other business; and report to the Marine Environment Protection Committee.

The agenda for the Feb. 11 meeting will include decisions of other IMO bodies; validation of model training courses; unlawful practices associated with certificates of competency; development of guidance for the implementation of the 2010 Manila Amendments; follow-up action to the STCW-F Conference resolutions 6 and 7; development of guidelines for wing-in-ground craft; role of the human element; development of guidance for personnel involved with tub-barge operations; revision of guidance for model course development, updating and validation processes; development of a mandatory code for ships operating in polar waters; review and modernization of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System; proposed review of STCW passenger ship specific safety training; training in hot work procedures on crude oil tankers; development of guidelines for ship owners and seafarers for proper implementation of relevant IMO instruments in relation to the carriage of dangerous goods in packaged form by sea; development of a globally-consistent format for the certificate of training and education issued under the STCW Convention; and development of the international code of safety for ships using gases or low flash-point fuels.

Members of the public planning to attend the Jan. 21 meeting should contact the meeting coordinator no later than Jan. 10, while parties wishing to attend the Feb. 11 meeting should do the same by Feb. 4.

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