At the 5th session of the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response was held at IMO headquarters in London, UK from Monday 5 February to Friday 9 February 2018, IMLA was represented by Prof. Malek Pourzanjani, CEO of South African International Maritime Institute, and Ms Haiyan Yu, Lecturer from Shanghai Maritime University and currently a research associate with Cardiff University. Here below provides a brief agenda items summarized from the meeting. 
Agenda of the 5th session of the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response

After the formal opening of the session by the IMO Secretary General, Mr. Kitack Lim, and Chair of the PPR sub-committee the following agenda has been adopted:

  1. Adoption of the agenda
  2. Decision of other IMO bodies
  3. Safety and pollution hazards of chemicals and preparation of consequential amendments to the IBC Code
  4. Review of MARPOL Annex II requirements that have an impact on cargo residues and tank washings of high viscosity and persistent floating products
  5. Revised guidance on ballast water sampling and analysis
  6. Revised Guidance on methodologies that may be used for enumerating viable organisms
  7. Consideration of the impact on the Arctic of emissions of Black Carbon from international shipping
  8. Standards for shipboard gasification of waste systems and associated amendments to regulation 16 of MARPOL Annex VI
  9. Guidelines for the discharge of exhaust gas recirculation bleed-off water
  10. Revised certification requirements for SCR systems under the NOX Technical Code
  11. Review of the 2015 Guidelines for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (resolution MEPC.259(68))
  12. Amendments to regulation 14 of MARPOL Annex VI to require a dedicated sampling point for fuel oil
  13. Consistent implementation of regulation 14.1.3 of MARPOL Annex VI
  14. Revised Guidelines for the application of MARPOL Annex I requirements to FPSOs and FSUs
  15. Review of the IBTS Guidelines and amendments to the IOPP Certificate and Oil Record Book
  16. Updated IMO Dispersant Guidelines (Part IV)
  17. Guide on practical methods for the implementation of the OPRC Convention and the OPRC-HNS Protocol
  18. Use of electronic record books
  19. Consideration of an initial proposal to amend annex 1 to the AFS Convention to include controls on cybutryne
  20. Unified interpretation to provisions of IMO environment-related conventions
  21. Biennial agenda and provisional agenda for PPR 6
  22. Election of Chair and Vice-Chair for 2019
  23. Any other business
  24. Report to the Marine Environment Protection Committee

During the session, the Chair amended the sequence of the agenda items to suit the presenters and member states representatives.

The complete list of the PPR 5 documents can be found at the IMO website in IMODOCS section.

Most of the agenda items related to pollution prevention and response that might be of the importance for the IMLA member universities and the Secretariat.

The 5th session of the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response formally concludes its work on Friday 9 February 2018 at 1430 hours.


by IMLA Secretariat