The Department of State’s Shipping Coordination Committee will hold an open meeting April 2 to prepare for the 72nd session of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee, which will be held April 9-13 in the United Kingdom. The agenda items to be considered include harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water, air pollution and energy efficiency, further technical and operational measures for enhancing the energy efficiency of international shipping, reduction of GHG emissions from ships, identification and protection of special areas, ECAs and PSSAs, pollution prevention and response (urgent matters emanating from the fifth session of the subcommittee), reports of other subcommittees, development of measures to reduce risks of use and carriage of heavy fuel oil as fuel by ships in Arctic waters, technical cooperation activities for the protection of the marine environment, capacity building for the implementation of new measures, application of the committee’s method of work, and work program of the committee and subsidiary bodies.

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