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IMO Continues Efforts To Slash Shipping Emissions

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

23 May 2013


The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has reported significant progress on further developing energy-efficiency regulations, the adoption of a Resolution on Promotion of Technical Co-operation and Transfer of Technology relating to the Improvement of Energy Efficiency of Ships, and has endorsed a review of estimated greenhouse gas emissions for international shipping at its 65th session held on May 13-17, 2013.

The MEPC discussed further technical and operational measures to enhance the energy efficiency of shipping, following on from the entry into force on January 1, 2013, of the new chapter 4 of MARPOL Annex VI, which includes requirements mandating the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), for new ships, and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP), for all ships.

In particular, the Committee:

  • Approved draft amendments to MARPOL Annex VI, with a view to adoption at MEPC 66, to extend the application of EEDI to roll on-roll off (ro-ro) cargo ships (vehicle carrier), Liquified Natural Gas carriers, cruise passenger ships having non-conventional propulsion, ro-ro cargo ships and ro-ro passenger ships; and to exempt ships not propelled by mechanical means, and platforms including FPSOs and FSUs and drilling rigs, regardless of their propulsion; as well as cargo ships having ice-breaking capability;
  • Adopted amendments to update resolution MEPC.215(63) Guidelines for calculation of reference lines for use with the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), including the addition of ro-ro cargo ships (vehicle carrier), ro-ro cargo ships and ro-ro passenger ships, and LNG Carriers;
  • Noted, with a view to adoption at MEPC 66, the finalized amendments to resolution MEPC.212(63) 2012 Guidelines on the method of calculation of the attained Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships;
  • Approved the 2013 Guidance on treatment of innovative energy efficiency technologies for calculation and verification of the attained EEDI, which are intended to assist manufacturers, shipbuilders, shipowners, verifiers and other interested parties related to the EEDI of ships to treat innovative energy efficiency technologies for calculation and verification of the attained EEDI, addressing systems such as air lubrication, wind propulsion systems; high temperature waste heat recovery systems; and photovoltaic power generation system;
  • Adopted the 2013 Guidelines for calculation of reference lines for use with the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for cruise passenger ships having non conventional propulsion; and
  • Endorsed a work plan to continue the work on development of the EEDI framework for ship types and sizes, and propulsion systems not covered by the current EEDI requirements and to consider guidelines on propulsion power needed to maintain the maneuverability of the ship under adverse conditions.

To better inform policy making decisions, the MEPC also agreed to initiate a study to update greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions’ estimates for international shipping. The new study will focus on updating key figures in the current (second) IMO GHG Study (2009), which estimated that international shipping emitted 870 million tonnes, or about 2.7 percent of the global man-made emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) in 2007.

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