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Members of the Institution's IMO Committee attended MEPC 71
Two items dominated the discussions; reducing GHG emissions from ships and the implementation of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention which enters into force on the 8th of September this year. New updated versions of the BWM regulations exist that mean that it will take some time before the full regulations come into force for all ships. There was not much time spent discussing the data collection system, sharing an agenda item with the EEDI.
There was an inter sessional working group (ISWG) the week before the MEPC, which planned out the IMO work on a "roadmap" to reduce GHG emissions. The ISWG came up with a list of the methods and policy measures; among these list of measures is the data collection system, EEDI, technologies and calls for new studies. There was another working group on this during MEPC 71 and the output was as a outline for the IMO GHG "Road-map". The report still did not contain any mention of GHG emissions apart from the title, so there is still some challenges ahead.
The full report can be read at https://www.rina.org.uk/res/ReportofMEPC71.pdf