IMO finalises resolutions on ballast water, climate

Two International Maritime Organisation (IMO) resolutions on ballast water management and climate were finalised at the just-concluded meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), where the nitrogen oxide (NOx) requirements were also considered.
Agreement was reached about a solution to when the Ballast Water Management Convention can enter into force.
Furthermore, as regards the climate issue, the MEPC succeeded in agreeing on a resolution on technical assistance and technology transfer, primarily aimed at developing countries.

For the time being, the expected NOx requirements for new engines were postponed until 2021.
Until the next session of the MEPC in the spring of 2014, Denmark will strive to maintain the objective of making the regulations effective from 2016.
In addition, the following issues were also among those on the agenda:
• The IOPP Certificate and the Garbage Record Book;
• The energy efficiency design index;
• An update of the IMO 2009 greenhouse gas study; and
• A resolution on technology transfer.