The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee at its 71 session (MEPC 71) tentatively accepted an amended implementation scheme for ships to comply with the D-2 standard (treatment) under the BWM Convention.

The scheme will be circulated to Member States for adoption during MEPC 72, scheduled to be held from 9 to 13 April 2018.

However, the same Committee recommended the Administrations an immediate application of the new scheme, with a view to avoiding the creation of a dual treaty regime during the time between the entry into force of the Convention and of the new amendment.

Under the proposal:

1. New ships (constructed on or after 8 September 2017) are to comply with the D-2 standard (treatment) on or after 8 September 2017.

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