S-T-S to be regulated

Mar 13 2009


At the forthcoming July IMO MEPC meeting, a new Chapter 8 of MARPOL ANNEX 1 was expected to be adopted covering ship-to-ship (s-t-s) transfers.

At the forthcoming July IMO MEPC meeting, a new Chapter 8 of MARPOL ANNEX 1 was expected to be adopted covering ship-to-ship (s-t-s) transfers.

A few years ago, Mexico and Spain suggested that s-t-s be regulated and that every vessels of over 150 gt, except bunker tankers or tankers with Annex II cargoes, should have an s-t-s plan on board, mirroring the ICS/OCIMF guidelines.

This would be included in each vessel's ISM documentation, delegates at this week’s Navigate/IPTA chemical and product tanker conference were told.

Records of all s-t-s activity should be kept on board for three years. It would apply to tankers engaged in s-t-s operations in territorial waters and economic zones.

If MEPC adopts the resolution in July as expected, it could enter into force during 2011. Then vessels would have to comply by their first special survey following the resolution's entry into force.



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