Guidance for issuing type approval certificate for oil content meters

08 February 2017 |  C17008

MEPC 68 approved the guidance for issuing a revised certificate of type approval for oil content meters intended for monitoring the discharge of oil-contaminated water from the cargo tank areas of oil tankers.

NOTICE TO
Ship Owners / Managers / Operators  |  Surveyors

The Marine Environment Protection Committee, at its sixty-fifth session, adopted, by resolution MEPC.240(65) amendments to the revised guidelines and specifications for oil discharge monitoring and control systems for oil tankers (resolution MEPC.108(49)), which contain, inter alia, the revised form of certificate of type approval for oil content meters intended for monitoring the discharge of oil-contaminated water from the cargo tank areas of oil tankers.

Below guidance advises on the issuing of the revised certificate of type approval for oil content meters.

Guidance

When the oil content meter has been approved in accordance with resolution MEPC.108(49) before 17 May 2013, the form of Type Approval Certificate, as provided in resolution MEPC.108(49), may be used:

  1. for Oil Content Meter installed on ships not carrying biofuel blends; or
  2. for Oil Content Meters installed on ships carrying biofuel blends, until 1 January 2016 (on the condition that the tank residues and washings are pumped ashore).

For all ships carrying biofuel blends on or after 1 January 2016, the oil content meter should have a Type Approval Certificate, as modified by resolution MEPC.240(65).

When the oil content meter has been tested and submitted for approval (or re-approval in the case of oil content meters that have undergone modifications but were originally approved in accordance with resolution MEPC.108(49)) on or after 17 May 2013, regardless of whether the oil content meter is intended for monitoring biofuel blends, the form of the Type Approval Certificate should be amended in accordance with resolution MEPC.240(65).

Act now

Owners/ Managers must follow above guidance in order to provide their vessels with the relevant Type Approval Certificate.

Dromon Surveyors are required to follow above guidance during the upcoming IOPP survey irrespective of scope, to confirm that the oil content meter has the proper Type Approval Certificate.

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