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6/24/2014: After action on the sub-committee meeting on marine environment protection

Written by David Condino

Here is your update on the Coast Guard’s meeting announcement posted to Maritime Commons on June 6, 2014

From June 9- 13, 2014, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Port and Facility Compliance , Facility Safety Branch, staff attended a meeting of the sub-committee on marine environment protection of the International Organization for Standardization , or ISO, representing the American National Standards Institute .

The U.S. chaired Working Group 4 working on technical standards development for management of ship wastes, with the goal of preventing pollution from ships into the oceans. In addition to the U.S., participants included delegations from the Netherlands, Belgium, Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom and Germany.

Outcomes of the meeting’s plenary session included formal resolutions to submit, as a committee draft for international ballot and comments, the working draft updating ISO 21070, shipboard waste management standard; a resolution to accept the draft international standard ISO 18309, shipboard incinerator selection guide; and a resolution to submit a new work item proposal to update an existing incinerator operating standard, ISO 13617.

U.S. Coast Guard’s continued leadership role at ISO helps the U.S. meet its MARPOL treaty obligations and harmonize international regulations with U.S. domestic laws and U.S. Coast Guard enforcement policies. It also helps to maintain strategic international partnerships.

The meeting was hosted by the ship’s classification society Det Norske Veritas Germanischer Lloyd, or DNV GL, at their facility in the heart of the Hamburg, Germany, port district.

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