070/14 Future IMO Legislation (July, 2014)

Dear Sirs,

Please find attached: LR-Future IMO Legislation (July, 2014)

This publication provides an overview of the known amendments to the existing statutory regulations and instruments, mandatory under the conventions and codes. The known amendments include: Amendments that are in transitional period toward full implementation; adopted amendments that will enter into force on or after 1-July-2014; and the major topics currently under discussion and development (discussion up to MSC.93 IN May 2014).

Notes:
1.Non-mandatory legislation is not included
2.Applicability of regulations varies for FSU and FPSO depending on whether they are detached and undergoing voyage of fixed.
3.Entries marked with * in below tables have staggered application dates and multiple entries
4.Provisional Resolution numbers from the most recent IMO meeting are given but might be subject to change by the IMO Secretariat upon release.

Index
Part 1 – Adopted future IMO legislation

A – Adopted IMO requirements in transitional period for full application
This part includes requirements that have recently entered into force but are still in a transition period due to their application formulation. For example, SOLAS regulation V/19 entered into force on 1 January 2011, however, the requirement applies on different dates depending on type and size of ship, as well as whether target is a new ship or retrofitting to an existing ship.
B – Adopted IMO requirements entering into force in the near future
This part includes requirements that have been adopted and have an entry into force date which has been established by the IMO or ILO, but not yet reached.

Part 2 – IMO requirements currently under development
This part covers legislation that is currently under discussion and has not been adopted; therefore, no fixed entry into force date has been agreed. It also covers legislation that has been adopted but has no certain entry into force date because the conditions have not yet been met.

Tables – quick references for application

The numbers in the index tables are a reference number for each item, given in the left-hand column of the full entry on the corresponding page.
– Table 1a – New ships – Adopted mandatory regulatory amendments which are entering into force
– Table 1b – New ships – Likely amendments which are currently under discussion and development – subject to change
– Table 2a – Existing ships – Adopted mandatory regulatory amendments which are entering into force
– Table 2b – Existing ships – Likely amendments which are currently under discussion and development – subject to change

Notes
1. Non-mandatory legislation is not included.
2. Applicability of regulations varies for floating storage units (FSU) and floating production storage and offloading units (FPSO) depending on whether they are detached and undergoing voyage or fixed. This table refers only to those which are permanently applicable. Requirements for offshore supply vessels (OSVs) are the same as those listed for general cargo ships.
3. Entries marked with * in below tables have staggered application dates and multiple entries.
4. Provisional Resolution numbers from the most recent IMO meetings are given but might be subject to change by the IMO Secretariat upon release.

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Summary of major developments:
This version covers updates out of SDC 1, PPR 1, HTW 1, SSE 1, MEPC 66 and MSC 93. The item ID number is the reference used in this document for the detailed entry.

Significant approvals or adoptions:
-The comprehensively revised IGC Code was adopted, to apply to new gas tankers with keels laid from 1 July 2016 (ID 189).
-Requirements were adopted for additional means of escape from machinery spaces and protection underneath the parts of a ladder or stairway that form part of an escape route from the machinery space, for new ships constructed on or after 1 January 2016 (ID 254).
-SOLAS amendments were adopted which will require inert gas systems for new oil and chemical tankers of 8,000 to 20,000 dwt, to bring them into line with the requirements for tankers larger than 20,000 dwt (ID 239).
-SOLAS amendments were agreed by MSC to introduce mandatory verification of the gross mass of containers (ID 267).
-Amendments to MARPOL were agreed which will expand the requirement for EEDI reduction to: LNG carriers (including non-conventional propulsion); pure car carriers; ro-ro cargo ships; ro-ro passenger ships; and cruise ships (with non-conventional propulsion only).
-A new chapter of SOLAS was approved which will make the Polar Code mandatory, and the text of the code was approved in principle pending finalisation (ID 241).

Significant new items being considered or milestones in ongoing developments:
-MEPC 66 clarified that the originally adopted date for Tier III NOx emission controls will still apply, i.e. for new ships constructed on or after 1 January 2016 which will sail in a current ECA-NOx. Further arrangements were decided on for future new ECAs-NOx and for yachts (ID 263).

Significant entries into force in the near future:
-Enclosed space entry and rescue drills will be required at least every two months from 1 January 2015 (ID 248).
-Muster drills will be required for newly-embarked passengers prior to or immediately upon departure when passengers are scheduled to be on board for more than 24 hours, from 1 January 2015 (ID 249).

Previously adopted requirements with a significant upcoming phased entry into force date:
-Ships will be required to use fuel oil with a sulphur level of 0.10% or below, or an equivalent arrangement, within emission control areas (ECAs) from 1 January 2015 (ID 150-1).
-Phase I of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) will enter into force for affected ship types on 1 January 2015 (ID 188).

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Thank you & Best Regards,

Eng. Dimitrios Nikolaos Spanos
Lead Maritime Auditor / Principal Surveyor
Member of IRCA, IIMS, ELINT, HELMEPA & Nautical Institute

 

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