73rd Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization (MEPC 73)

Dates: October 22, 2018 - October 26, 2018

Location: London, U.K.

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) addresses environmental issues under the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) remit. This includes the control and prevention of ship-source pollution covered by the MARPOL treaty, including oil, chemicals carried in bulk, sewage, garbage and emissions from ships, including air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions. Other matters covered include ballast water management, anti-fouling systems, ship recycling, pollution preparedness and response, and identification of special areas and particularly sensitive sea areas.

At MEPC 72, delegates agreed to include a new output to address the issue of marine plastic litter from shipping in the context of SDG 14 (Life below Water). Member states and international organizations were invited to submit concrete proposals to MEPC 73 on the development of an action plan.