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The Department of State’s Shipping Coordination Committee will hold an open meeting Oct. 18 to prepare for the 73rd session of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee, which will be held Oct. 22-26 in the United Kingdom. The agenda items to be considered include decisions of other bodies, consideration and adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments, 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, development of an action plan to address marine plastic litter from ships, development of measures to reduce risks of use and carriage of heavy fuel oil as fuel by ships in Arctic waters, identification and protection of special areas, ECAs, and PSSAs, pollution prevention and response, reports of other sub-committees, technical cooperation activities for the protection of the marine environment, capacity building for the implementation of new measures, work program of the committee and subsidiary bodies, application of the committees’ method of work, election of the chair and vice-chair, any other business, and consideration of the report of the committee.