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5.

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING: (CTC # 30, # 29 and CTSCA # 8).

5.1. - The CTSCA reviewed the minutes of the CTC #29/CTSC #8 meeting that were  circulated within the committee and subcommittee.  The minutes were approved in the usual manner and were subsequently circulated in the Weekly NEWS, as a chemical contact bulletin and placed on the members’ area of the web site.

5.2. - The minutes of the CTC #30 in Singapore 30 May 2007 were also circulated within the committee and subcommittee and have been approved in the usual manner. These meeting minutes were included within the meeting materials.

The Subcommittee addressed three overlapping issue with regard to CTC #30.  They are CTC Action Points, 1 (MFAG was included under the IMO Report) 5 and 13 stem from this meeting. These action points are being raised in this CTSCA meeting because of the timelines associated with the CTAC meeting and possible BLG 12 submissions.  

CTC # 30 Action Point -5/CTSCA 9 Action point - 1: - Request feedback from the CTAC for thoughts and their consideration regarding how blends will be dealt with under OPA-90.  – This will be brought up at the next CTAC Meeting in November which fortunately will directly follow the ESPH 13 where the blends issue will also be discussed.  

CTC # 30 Action point 13/CTSCA Action Point – 2: - Make a submission to IMO highlighting the problems encountered when terminals insist on draining shore lines back to the ship on completion of discharge as it defeats the regulations contained with MARPOL Annex II. A revised draft of the submission will be prepared for the next CTC Meeting

6.

WORKING GROUP REPORTS

6.1 - Report from the INTERTANKO Cargo Vapour Emissions Work Group

Last year the CTSCA proposed that INTERTANKO should consider producing guidelines to reduce inadvertent cargo vapour release, similar to that developed by the American Waterway Operators, Best Management Practice (BMP) for INTERTANKO members with the intent of encouraging INTERTANKO members to incorporate these BMPs into their operations in order to proactively contribute to the control and reduction of emissions from tankers without the necessity of federal or state regulation.  This proposal was subsequently endorsed by the INTERTANKO Council in November 2006 and the committee was requested to proceed with its work with the intent that this would be presented to Council at its meeting in Houston in March 2007 for final endorsement by Council.  The BMPs have been published and members are encouraged to review and incorporate them into their own practices. 

As a follow up, the committee further agreed that once the BMPs were completed, a small working group would be established to undertake an assessment of a second stage of these guidelines with regard to addressing cargo vapour emissions in relation to tank cleaning.   

This “stage 2”  best practices work group met on 11 September 2007.  During the CTSCA #9 INTERTANKO Marine and Chemical Director Howard Snaith gave a verbal report on the CTSCA working group meeting the day before.   As was reported, the next phase will address the steps taken to deal with your cargo vapors during tank cleaning  possibly creating a set of voluntary guidelines.   

One best practice proposed is based on a study conducted in the Port of Rotterdam,  focused on an additional cycle wash as a means to reduce the vapors released. We are seeking permission from the Port of Rotterdam to formally circulate their presentation.

Agenda for the CTC #32Page 20 of 39

To be held in Panama City on the 09 April 2008 Issue No. 1

Our Ref.: AGO­­­­-22713­­/1000003Approved by: H.N. Snaith

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