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approval of the revision is expected and October (MEPC 58) when amendments should be finally adopted. This would mean that amendments would be applicable from February 2010.

A full briefing is attached to this agenda as Appendix 6.

The committee is invited to review and note.

7.

INERT GAS REQUIREMENT – UPDATE ON STATUS

Members will be fully aware of the previous discussions within the committee, the INTERTANKO position regarding the outfitting of Inert gas and the reports submitted to the IMO by the Inter-Industry Group (IIG), which recommended the IMO to consider amending SOLAS Chapter II-2 to provide for the application of inert gas to new oil tankers of less than 20,000 dwt and to new chemical tankers.

A summary of the history, background, documents are survey reports are available on the INTERTANKO web site at the following link:

http://www.intertanko.com/templates/intertanko/issue.aspx?id=25993

The committee will also be aware of the outcome of discussions on this issue from the Design & Equipment Sub-committee (DE 50), and of the discussion from Fire Protection Sub-committee (FP 51). In turn, considerable debate took place at MSC 83 session regarding the outcome from DE 50 and FP 51, specifically on whether these two Sub-committees had reached the same conclusion with regard to new and existing ships.

FP 51 had agreed to first consider "measures to prevent explosions on oil and chemical tankers transporting low-flash point cargoes" and that this should be included in its work programme, in co-operation with the Bulk Liquid Gas (BLG) Sub-committee and DE Sub-committee. The FP would consider measures for new ships and, depending on the outcome, could consider appropriate measures for existing oil and chemical tankers.

MSC 83 reviewed the outcome of DE 50 and noted in the MSC 83 report the comments made by some delegations regarding:

Problems associated with retrofitting inert gas systems on new and existing tankers;

The disadvantages and advantages of the application of such systems;

Practical & safety implications for the operation of chemical tankers and product tankers of less than 20,000 dwt, as well as other human element issues;

Practical application of retrofitting smaller chemical tankers.

The MSC 83 agreed to endorse the recommendations of the FP Sub-committee (FP 51) and included in the FP Sub-committee's work programme a high priority item "Measures to prevent explosions on oil and chemical tankers transporting low flash point cargoes", with two sessions needed to complete its work in co-operation with the BLG and DE Sub-committees.

It also agreed that the FP Sub-committee should first consider measures for new ships, taking into account the different operational demands on chemical tankers and, depending upon the outcome, the FP Sub-committee could then consider appropriate measures for

Agenda for the CTC #32Page 6 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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