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State Dept. Shipping Meeting to Cover Pollution Prevention and Response

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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The State Department’s Shipping Coordinating Committee will conduct an open meeting Jan. 14 in Washington, D.C. to prepare for the second session of the International Maritime Organization's Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response, which will be held Feb. 19-23. The agenda items to be considered at this meeting include the following:

- decisions of other IMO bodies;

- safety and pollution hazards of chemicals and preparation of consequential amendments to the IBC Code taking into account recommendations of GESAMP-EHS;

- code for the transport and handling of limited amounts of hazardous and noxious liquid substances in bulk on offshore support vessels;

- guidelines for port state control under the 2004 BWM Convention, including guidance on ballast water sampling and analysis;

- 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;

- revised guidelines for the inventory of hazardous materials;

- guidance for international offers of assistance in response to a marine oil pollution incident;

- revised section II of the manual on oil pollution contingency planning;

- guide on oil spill response in ice and snow conditions;

- updated IMO dispersant guidelines;

- updated OPRC model training courses;

- unified interpretation to provisions of IMO environment-related conventions;

- guidelines pertaining to equivalent methods set forth in regulation 4 of MARPOL Annex VI and not covered by other guidelines;

- guidelines as called for under paragraph 2.2.5.6 of the revised NOx Technical Code 2008 (NOx-reducing devices);

- biennial agenda and provisional agenda for PPR 3;

- election of chairman and vice-chairman for 2016;

- any other business; and

- report to the Marine Environment Protection Committee.

Those planning to attend this meeting in person or via teleconference should notify the meeting coordinator no later than Jan. 5.

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