existing oil and chemical tankers transporting low-flash point cargoes, taking into account the comments made during the MSC discussion as outlined above.
Taking into account the advice and guidance provided by the CTC/CTSCA and the Executive Committee discussions, the current Council endorsed INTERTANKO position on the issue is as follows:
INTERTANKO supports the principle of applying the requirement for inert gas (IG/IGG/N2 as appropriate) to existing ships in parallel with new ships
INTERTANKO supports the logic of applying the requirement for inert gas on chemical carriers to the cargo(es) being carried (i.e the product rather than the ship)
INTERTANKO recognises the importance of the human element aspects and supports the continuation of further studies on these aspects.
INTERTANKO does recognise however that some of the smaller existing ships will face difficulties in retro-fitting inert gas generators and their corresponding power supplies, and believe that in these circumstances inert gas could be supplied from the shore-side, and that this is an option that should be further explored.
In view of the progression of the issue through IMO and subsequent debates that have arisen this has led to some questions being raised regarding our current position on this issue. The CTC/CTSCA is now requested to review the above INTERTANKO position with specific regards to the application of inert gas regulations for “NEW BUILDINGS” only at this stage, as the IMO will only consider existing ships once it has concluded upon possible revisions of the application to new buildings.
The committee is invited to consider the following points:
Confirm that the application of inert gas regulations to new buildings should be simplified.
Confirm that the “product based approach” should apply to all new oil and chemical tankers and should not be restricted to any deadweight cut off (such as product tankers above than 20,000 DWT) or cargo tank filling restriction, (such as greater than 3000m3 for chemical tankers).
On the basis the committee agrees to the above captioned bullet point - discuss, review and agree how the current wording for inert gas regulations regarding outfitting may be amended to ensure that such tankers are outfitted with inert gas systems as necessary.
Discuss and agree upon the criteria for inert gas regulations, currently this is focussed on products with a flash point of less than 60 Degrees centigrade. Should the parameters of Flash Point and the 60 Deg C limit be re-evaluated? (see comments in Appendix 11 although this paper (written by Dr Tim Gunner in
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