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More information is needed on all aspects of biofuels and biofuel blends.  It is crucial that the industries affected by any possible carriage requirements submit information well in advance of the 1 July 2009 deadline as agreed by BLG 12.

Utilising the “interim limits" contained in the document originally proposed by the U.K., Sweden and IPTA may possibly not allow any Oil Discharge Monitoring Equipment (ODME) to function correctly.  Further testing to establish ODME operational limits for the different biofuel blends is necessary.

There may be Annex I compliance issues relative to the “interim limits” reiterated in BLG 12/3 Para 9.3.2:

When declaring and shipping bio-fuels blended with base petroleum fuels, the under-mentioned products can be carried under MARPOL Annex I provided the following limits are not exceeded:

Blended bio-diesel with a maximum limit of 15% bio-diesel and 85% ordinary diesel, B15; or Blended bio-ethanol with a maximum limit of 15% bio-ethanol and 85% ordinary gasoline/petrol, E15; or Gasoline/alcohol mixtures with a maximum limit of 15% alcohol and 85% ordinary gasoline/petrol, E15;

Proposed “band 2 blends”, which are blends with more than 1%, but less than 85%, petroleum oil and which may possibly be carried as an Annex II Pollution Category X, ST2, with worst case minimum carriage requirements assigned (based on analogous products such as pygas, butylbenzene, fatty acid methyl esters) will be required to be submitted as a tripartite cargo if fixed carriage conditions are to be pursued.

Although the 1 July 2009 deadline was proposed by BLG 12, it was also noted by some delegations that a more realistic period of three years (similar to that of a tripartite) should be allowed.  

The committee is invited to review and comment.

5.4

Next meeting of ESPH 14

The next meeting of the ESPH Group (ESPH 14) is scheduled for 27-31 October 2008 at the IMO Headquarters in London.  

The committee is invited to note.

6.

INFORMATION REGARDING MARPOL ANNEX VI POST BLG12

As requested the secretariat has included a summary of the changes to Marpol Annex VI within this agenda. The issue manager is Mr. Dragos Rauta and this issue is being dealt with by the Intertanko Safety, Technical and Environmental Committee (ISTEC).

The revision of MARPOL Annex VI will be completed in 2008 in line with the following IMO process:

February - BLG finalised its contributions

April -  MEPC 57 to approve the revision

October - MEPC 58 to adopt the revision

Enforcement – earliest February 2010

Decisions will be taken by two sessions of the IMO’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC 57 & 58). This Committee will meet in March/April (MEPC 57) where

Agenda for the CTC #32Page 5 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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