[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 167 (Tuesday, August 28, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 52105-52106]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-21204]


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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

[Public Notice 7997]


Shipping Coordinating Committee; Notice of Committee Meeting

    The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC) will conduct an open 
meeting for the International Maritime Organization's Marine 
Environment Protection Committee (MEPC).
    The meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 21, 
2012, in Room 2501 of the United States Coast Guard Headquarters 
Building, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, DC, 20593. The primary 
purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the sixty-fourth session of 
the International Maritime Organization's Marine Environment Protection 
Committee (MEPC 64) to be held at the International Maritime 
Organization in London, United Kingdom from October 1st to 5th, 2012.
    The primary matters to be considered include:

--Harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water;
--Recycling of ships;
--Air pollution and energy efficiency;
--Reduction of GHG emissions from ships;
--Consideration and adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments;
--Interpretation of, and amendments to, MARPOL and related instruments;
--Implementation of the OPRC Convention and the OPRC-HNS

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Protocol and relevant Conference resolutions;
--Identification and protection of Special Areas and Particularly 
Sensitive Sea Areas;
--Inadequacy of reception facilities;
--Reports of sub-committees;
--Work of other bodies;
--Status of conventions;
--Harmful anti-fouling systems for ships;
--Promotion of implementation and enforcement of MARPOL and related 
instruments;
--Technical co-operation activities for the protection of the marine 
environment;
--Role of the human element;
--Noise from commercial shipping and its adverse impacts on marine 
life;
--Work program of the Committee and subsidiary bodies;
--Application of the Committees' Guidelines;
--Election of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman for 2013;

    Members of the public may attend this meeting up to the seating 
capacity of the room. To facilitate the building security process and 
to request reasonable accommodation, those who plan to attend should 
contact the meeting coordinator, Ms. Regina Bergner not later than 
September 11, 2012, 10 days prior to the meeting. Contact should be 
made by email at Regina.R.Bergner@uscg.mil; by phone at (202) 372-1431; 
or in writing to Ms. Regina Bergner, Commandant (CG-OES-3), U.S. Coast 
Guard Headquarters, 2100 2nd Street SW., STOP 7126, Washington, DC 
20593-7126. Requests made after September 11, 2012 might not be able to 
be accommodated. Please note that due to security considerations, two 
valid government-issued photo identifications must be presented to gain 
entrance to the Headquarters building. The Headquarters building is 
accessible by taxi and privately owned conveyance (public 
transportation is not generally available). Public parking is available 
in the vicinity of the Headquarters building. Additional information 
regarding this and other IMO SHC public meetings may be found at: 
www.uscg.mil/imo. Hard copies of documents associated with the 64th 
Session of MEPC will be available at this meeting. To request further 
copies of documents please contact Ms. Regina Bergner using the contact 
information above.

    Date: August 21, 2012.
Brian W. Robinson,
Executive Secretary, Shipping Coordinating Committee.
[FR Doc. 2012-21204 Filed 8-27-12; 8:45 am]
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