This years AGM will be a physical meeting for members and held at 0900 hrs on Monday the 25th of September 2023 and is confirmed to be at the Stefan Zweig room at the Hotel Rathauspark Wein Vienna at the Start of EPCA. Address: Rathausstrasse 17, 1010 ViennaAustria


A draft resolution was approved by MEPC 78 to establish a ECA for sulphur oxides in the Mediterranean Sea reducing Sox emissions from the current <0.5% to <0.1% even though there were some surprising objections by states like China & Argentina on the basis that insufficient work had been done on impact assessments. The committee […]


IMO is currently collecting data for a review by 2026 in the meantime no further correction factors will be agreed. The amendments to Marpol Annex VI incorporating the mandatory EEXI requirements will take effect on ships from the 1st January 2023. It is important that members are aware of this. This includes the updating of […]

Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Shipping

The amendments to MARPOL Annex VI approved at MEPC 75 to mandate technical and operational measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping were formally adopted at MEPC 76 in June 2021 and will enter into force on 01 November 2022. Under these new regulations ships will be required to amend their SEEMP to set […]

Implementation of 2020 Sulphur Cap

MEPC 74 finalised finalised amendments to MARPOL Annex VI in respect of sampling of “in-use” and “onboard” fuel oil.  Ships will be required to have dedicated sampling points for the taking of samples of in-use fuel no later than the first renewal survey that occurs 12 months or more after entry into force of the […]

Amendments to MARPOL Annex II and IBC Code

Amendments to MARPOL Annex II and the IBC Code entered into force on 1 January 2021. Annex II has been amended following reports of residues of high viscosity and persistent floating substances washing up on beaches in northern and western Europe and will require a prewash to be carried out following discharge of vegetable oils […]


The latest edition of the MEPC.2/Circ. was issued on 1 December 2020.  This circular acts as something of a supplement to the IBC Code and is made up of a series of lists showing products that have been evaluated and will be included in the next edition of the IBC Code, Tripartite agreements, carriage requrements […]

Compliance with the Ballast Water Convention

MEPC 71 agreed a compromise proposal on effective dates for the fitting of ballast water treatment systems on existing ships.  Ships constructed before 8 September this year will be required to fit a system by the date of their IOPP renewal surveyin accordance with a schedule set out in an amendment to the convention. Ships must […]

Data Collection

Monitoring of fuel consumption, CO2 emitted and cargo carried commenced under the EU MRV system on 1 January 2018 for ships of 5,000 gt and above.  Montioring must be carried out on a voyage basis, and the data aggregaated for reporting on an annual basis to the European Commission.  EMSA has designed a moniitoring, Reporting […]