The 80th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), 3-7 July 2023, discussed a document aiming to raise awareness on the potential environmental risks and compensation regimes relating to the increase in ship-to-ship transfers at sea.

The document proposes a draft Assembly resolution to encourage and urge action, including enhanced monitoring of such operations. The Committee agreed to forward the draft Assembly resolution to the thirty-third session of the Assembly, together with the comments and views expressed at this session, for further consideration with a view to finalization and adoption by A 33.


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The transfer of crude oil, petroleum products, liquid bulk chemicals, and liquefied gas between sea-going ships is known as ship to ship (STS). Alas, certain precautions must be followed, however, in order for this practice to be carried out safely.

In this regard, the Committee noted that, should Member States or international organizations have further comments or proposals in connection to this matter, they could submit documents to A 33 accordingly.

The development of the draft Assembly resolution follows discussions on this matter in the Legal Committee.

Source: Safety4sea


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Issue 85 of Robban Assafina

(May/ June 2023)


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