GUIDANCE FOR THE RECORDING OF OPERATIONS IN THE OIL RECORD BOOK

MEPC.1/Circ.736/Rev.1
25 August 2011

GUIDANCE FOR THE RECORDING OF OPERATIONS IN THE OIL RECORD BOOK


PART I – MACHINERY SPACE OPERATIONS (ALL SHIPS)
1 The Marine Environment Protection Committee, at its sixty-second session,(11 to 15 July 2011), approved the Revised Guidance for recording of operations in the Oil
Record Book Part I – Machinery space operations (all ships) (MEPC 62/24, paragraph 7.23), set
out in the annex.
The Guidance is intended to facilitate compliance with MARPOL requirements on board ships by providing advice to crews on how to record the various operations in the Oil
Record Book by using the correct codes and item numbers in order to ensure a more uniform port State control procedure.
3 Administrations of Parties to MARPOL are invited to encourage implementation of the annexed Guidance for use aboard ships flying their flags and to disseminate it among all
stakeholders including ship operators, surveyors and port State control officers.

INDUSTRY UPDATES STEEL, METALS AND MINING ( 12.10.2011 )

INDUSTRY UPDATES
STEEL, METALS AND MINING
on 12th October 2011



COAL

India going on non green path for coal mining

Environment is holding up growth and economic development. This is the common refrain in circles that matter. So, when the Group of Ministers tasked to resolve the issue of coal mining in forests asked for a report on what needed to be done, it was told that the best would be to dismantle green conditions, almost completely, so that development could be pursued.

The BK Chaturvedi Committee recommends all coal mining projects be given automatic clearance, with exceptions only for projects in dense areas. There is no definition of dense or an understanding of the importance of protecting forests for water or livelihood security.

Then, the committee wants all provisions that seek to protect rights of local people or the environment to be relaxed. It recommends that the gram sabha required to give consent to the project be held without a quorum, in other words, democracy be sidelined. People should not be heard.

Similarly, public hearings should be done away with when it comes to projects for expansion of the current mine. It also recommends that even in areas identified as critically polluted, new projects be allowed without check. It has no time to waste on such minor considerations as the health of people who live in these regions. The horrendous cumulative impacts of these massive projects must be ignored, because we are a nation in a hurry.

National Contact Points ( 30 September 2011 )

MSC-MEPC.6/Circ.9
30 September 2011
ANNEX 2
LIST OF NATIONAL OPERATIONAL CONTACT POINTS
RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RECEIPT, TRANSMISSION AND PROCESSING OF
URGENT REPORTS ON INCIDENTS INVOLVING HARMFUL SUBSTANCES,
INCLUDING OIL FROM SHIPS TO COASTAL STATES
1 The following information is provided to enable compliance with Regulation 37 of
MARPOL Annex I which, inter alia, requires that shipboard pollution emergency plans for oil
(SOPEP) shall contain a list of authorities or persons to be contacted in the event of a pollution
incident involving such substances. Requirements for oil pollution emergency plans and relevant
oil pollution reporting procedures are contained in Articles 3 and 4 of the 1990 OPRC Convention.
2 This information is also provided to enable compliance with Regulation 17 of MARPOL
Annex II which, inter alia, requires that the shipboard marine pollution emergency plans for oil
and/or noxious liquid substances (SMPEP) shall contain a list of authorities or persons to be
contacted in the event of a pollution incident involving such substances. In this context,
requirements for emergency plans and reporting for hazardous and noxious substances are also
contained in Article 3 of the 2000 OPRC-HNS Protocol.
3 Resolution MEPC.54(32), as amended by resolution MEPC.86(44), on the SOPEP
Guidelines and resolution MEPC.85(44), as amended by resolution MEPC.137(53), on the
SMPEP Guidelines adopted by the IMO require that these shipboard pollution emergency plans
should include, as an appendix, the list of agencies or officials of administrations responsible for
receiving and processing reports as developed and up-dated by the Organization in compliance
with Article 8 (Reports on incidents involving harmful substances) and Protocol I (Provisions
concerning Reports on Incidents Involving Harmful Substances) of the MARPOL Convention.
Under Article 8 of Convention, each Party to the Convention shall notify the Organization with
complete details of authorities responsible for receiving and processing reports on incidents for
circulation to other Parties and Member States of the Organization. Attention is also drawn to
both Guidelines which stipulate that "in the absence of a listed focal point, or should any undue
delay be experienced in contacting the responsible authority by direct means, the master should
be advised to contact the nearest coastal radio station, designated ship movement reporting
station or rescue co-ordination centre (RCC) by the quickest available means".
4 The "List of national operational contact points responsible for the receipt, transmission
and processing of urgent reports on incidents involving harmful substances, including oil from
ships to coastal States" contained in the circular is updated at the end of each calendar year.
This list is an update of that contained in MSC-MEPC.6/Circ.6 dated 31 December 2009, as
amended.