Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners(Intercargo’s) technical and executive
committees held their semi-annual meetings on 9th-10th Oct
2017 in Athens, where the association reiterated its commitment to a safe and
environmentally-friendly dry cargo shipping industry.
discussed were the safe carriage of cargoes, the non-availability and adequacy
of Reception Facilities for cargo residues and cargo hold washing waters
hazardous to the Marine Environment(HME), Port State Control transparency and
anti-corruption practices, operational challenges after the entry into force of
the BWM convention, air emissions, design standards for bulk carriers and
related equipment. On the field of casualties investigation, INTERCARGO
stressed the importance of timely submission of the casualty investigation
reports to IMO from relevant flag states, as a means of identifying the causes
of the incident and enabling corrective actions.
addition, it was underlined that Port State Governments need to provide
incentives in order for ports and terminals to increase investment in the
provision of adequate PRFs; floating plants could be arranged in ports such as
barges, in order to reduce discharge times rather than relying on trucks and
portable tanks; HME washing water treatment plants need to be located as close
as possible to ports or PRFs. INTERCARGO also proposed recently to IMO a “model
port reception facilities” concept with the purpose of assisting IMO and its
members to have a more consistent and complete idea about adequate PRFs.
to Port State Control corruption and the lack of any self-assessment structures,
the association decided that it will continue its efforts to persuade regional
MoUs to establish auditing schemes and transparency mechanisms with the
objective of targeting corruption and misbehaviour within their areas, “a
problem that has regrettably not been sufficiently addressed so far.”
after the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention entry into force on 8
September 2017, INTERCARGO expressed its concerns about the practical problems
faced by its members for retrofitting the existing dry bulk ships with BWM
systems, and operating them.
implementation of the 0.5% sulphur cap from 2020 for ships’ bunkers, INTERCARGO
is promoting the consideration of transitional issues such as the availability
of 0.5% fuel, the impact on machinery systems, verification mechanisms and any
regulatory amendments or guidelines required. INTERCARGO will hold its next
meetings in Singapore in March 2018.