>Notice of Shipping Coordination Committee Meeting

>The Shipping Coordinating Committee, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, will meet in Washington, DC on Mar 9. The purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee.

Topics on the agenda include: harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water; recycling of ships; prevention of air pollution from ships; consideration and adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments; interpretations of and amendments to MARPOL and related instruments; implementation of the International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Cooperation (OPRC) and the OPRC Hazardous and Noxious Substances Protocol and relevant conference resolutions; identification and protection of Special Areas and Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas; inadequacy of reception facilities; reports of sub-committees; work of other bodies; status of conventions; harmful anti-fouling systems for ships; promotion of implementation and enforcement of MARPOL and related instruments; Technical Cooperation Sub-program for the Protection of the Marine Environment; role of the human element; formal safety assessment; noise from commercial shipping and its adverse impacts on marine life; work program of the Committee and subsidiary bodies; application of the Committees’ Guidelines; and Consideration of the report of the Committee. 75 Fed. Reg. 8176