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Posted: Aug 31, 2017

Amendments for Garbage Management Plan and Garbage Record Book coming into force March 01, 2018

At IMO MEPC 70th session the amendments to the Annex V of the MARPOL Convention related to the Form of Garbage Record Book were adopted. These amendments were adopted by Resolution MEPC.277(70) with the entry-into-force date 1 March 2018 and include the following:

  • Amendments to Regulation 4 and 6 of the Annex V of the MARPOL Convention (garbage discharge provisions) providing criteria for the classification of solid bulk cargoes as harmful to the marine environment by adding the appendix to this Annex (See Annex II);
  • Form of Garbage Record Book improved in order to distinguish the information on delivery/discharge to Port Reception Facilities of cargo residues. New form will consist of two parts – Part I remains similar to the present form, Part II will include records for Cargo residues only (HME and Non-HME) (See Annex III to this Circular);
  • New category of waste “e-waste” is included in form of Garbage Record Book (See Annex I to this Circular). Definition for this category of waste is already laid down in 2012 Guidelines for the implementation of MARPOL Annex V (resolution MEPC.219(63), as amended by resolution MEPC.239(65));
  • Additional table introduced in Part I of the form of Garbage Record Book to ensure the records on exceptional discharges or loss of garbage under Regulation 7 (Exceptions) are kept;
  • Alignment of the Regulation 10 of the Annex V (Placards, garbage management plans and garbage record-keeping) to amended form of Garbage Record Book.
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Posted: Aug 31, 2017

New IMO guidelines will help reduce accidents during Lifeboat drills

Proposals put forward by Intertanko and others to IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) should reduce the risks faced by seafarers during lifeboat drills. In fairly quick succession, MSC’s 97th meeting in November last year, followed by the fourth meeting of its Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE) sub-committee in March and the 98th MSC meeting in June, considered and approved some important changes to IMO’s guidelines for conducting lifeboat drills.

One of the key changes is that drills “should avoid the physical activation of the release mechanism in order to avoid exposing the crew to the risk of accidental release of the lifeboat,” said Intertanko senior technical manager Gil-Yong HanThat text was included in a submission to SSE 4 by members of the informal Industry Lifeboat Group (ILG), of which Intertanko is a member.

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Posted: Aug 31, 2017

Cosmo Co. Ltd – Fire Door Safety Notice

Cosmo Co. Ltd has issued a Notice Letter and a Root Cause Analysis of a quality issue that has been discovered in a number of fire doors that they manufacture, including doors rated A-60, A-0 and B-15. Following an internal investigation, it was found that various delivered products had some insulation partly missing from inside the door. Due to this partly missing insulation, the doors do not comply with their type approval certification.

The investigation found that this was partially due to new manufacturing equipment and processes that were introduced in November 2013. As a result, any door produced since then may be affected.

Cosmo Co. Ltd has outlined a method in order to check doors already installed to establish whether or not they are affected.

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