(Updated on 17 Dec 2015)
Difficulties with lack of adequate reception facilities for HME (harmful for marine environment) cargo residues were raised at the TC meeting on 12 Oct in Athens, with actions agreed:
• To request IMO to re-validate circular MEPC.1/Circ.810 (Adequate port reception facilities for cargoes declared as harmful to the marine environment under MARPOL Annex V, as attached herewith for reference)
• To invite Intercargo members to request their fleets for feedback with the enclosed Reporting Form.
During IMO Assembly in Dec 2015, members’ request was delivered by INTERCARGO statements. To assist IMO and its MEPC in Apr 2016 to look into the difficulties with adequate reception facilities for HME cargo residues, INTERCARGO members and other bulk carrier owners are invited to support and feedback evidence of lack of adequate port reception facilities.
With input from INTERCARGO members, statistics and analysis will be drafted. Such info will be shared with other relevant industry associations for possible cross industry effort to bring the issues jointly to IMO.