Lloyd’s Register has produced its analysis of the recent IMO Prevention and Response Committee meeting on pollution prevention.

Although much of its contents is already known to the industry, there are a few changes to consider. Included in the requirements the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) 66 has accepted a delay in the application for Tier III NOx emission standards, to large yachts (greater than 24m and of <500gt) until 2021, but did not accept a change for the other ship types sailing in existing NOx Emission Control Areas (ECA).

However, it was agreed that for any future ECA, the Tier III requirement will be made mandatory for ships constructed on or after the announcement of the establishment of the ECA, or any date decided by the party/ies proposing the ECA (but not earlier than the announcement date). Tier III requirements will thus apply to ships that will be operating in the America ECAs constructed on or after 1 January 2016.

In spite of this, recreational yachts of less than 500gt constructed before 1 January 2021 do not need to comply with the Tier III requirements and any recreational yachts that are less than 24m will not need to comply with Tier III even after that date.

In line with these developments Lloyd’s Register has recommended a thorough examination should take place of all the applied parameters to take place before selecting a Tier II or Tier III engine for new builds. This will be applied to ships constructed (keel laid) on or after 1 January 2016.

In regards to the Ballast Water Management Convention, it was agreed that on entry in to force, it will require ships to manage their ballast water and sediment either by exchanging ballast on every voyage or by using approved ballast water treatment systems – something that is becoming a pertinent topic of conversation in the superyacht industry. This, along with the ships recycling convention should be noted for their impending enforcement.

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