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document. Both the MEPC 56 Report and Draft Circular were included in the meeting materials distributed.

The CTSCA was invited to take note

7.2 FAME Special Requirements – Inconsistencies

The CTSCA Secretary reported that the following inconsistencies have been discovered within the amended IBC Code.  The generic entry for Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) carries a special requirement under column O of 15.12.3.  Under 15.12.3 Products shall: .1 not be stowed adjacent to oil fuel tanks; .2 have separate piping systems; and .3 have tank vent systems separate from tanks containing non-toxic products. In researching this further if you assume that the GESAMP hazard profile would need a "2" in C1, C2, or C3 for the requirement to apply.  The inconsistencies exist when you look at the other FAME products; Coconut Oil FAME, Palm Oil FAME and Rapeseed Oil FAME and notice that they do not have this reference.  Clarification of this has been requested of GESAMP who have deferred it to Mr. Ken McDonald, the ESPH Secretary.  

CTSCA Action Point # 5 – Follow up with the ESPH Chair and the IMO Secretariat prior to ESPH 13.  If this is not addressed by then, the decision to submit something to BLG 12 will be made at the next CTC Meeting

7.3 - Report from the ESPH and BLG Meetings

The CTSCA Secretary, who regularly attends the IMO Working Group on the Evaluation of Safety and Pollution Hazards (ESPH) gave a brief overview of the meeting held during the 11th Session of the Bulk Liquids and Gases Sub-committee (BLG 11) 16-20 April 2007. Agenda items discussed included:

The evaluation of cleaning additives

The evaluation of new products

Consideration of the practical implications regarding the long term funding of the GESAMP/EHS Work Group

Review of MEPC.2 Circ - posting provisional tripartite agreements on the IMO website

7.4 - Latest update on the Carriage and Classification of Biofuels

The carriage of biofuels continues to be an issue of discussion at IMO and will finally be discussed in detail at ESPH 13.  Confusion still exists regarding the percentages of cargoes, such as ethanol and MTBE when combined with Annex I cargoes.   The document submitted to BLG 11/10 (for further review by ESPH) suggests how to deal with the percentage mix issue within biofuels.  In the interim period, many administrations are agreeing that any blend containing 85% or more mineral diesel oil or gasoline should be carried as an Annex I product.  INTERTANKO suggests that if you have concerns in this regard you should contact the administration in question relative to that enquiry. The document currently being used (by the UK, Sweden and IPTA) was included as part of the CTSCA #9 meeting materials.  The subcommittee was informed that this issue will hopefully, finally be addressed at ESPH 13.  

Agenda for the CTC #32Page 22 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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