IMO agrees to prohibit non-compliant fuel post-2020

IMO agrees to prohibit non-compliant fuel post-2020
IMOs PPR 5 sub-committee agreed to prohibit carriage of non-compliant fuel, unless a ship is fitted with a scrubber (credit: IMO)

IMO agreed draft amendments today (9 February) to MARPOL Annex VI that would prohibit the carriage of fuel oil used or carried for use on board ships when that fuel oil is not compliant with the 0.5% global sulphur limit that comes into force from 2020. But there will be an exception for ships fitted with an approved equivalent arrangement to meet the sulphur limit such as an exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) or scrubber. 

The agreement came at the end of this weeks fifth meeting of IMOs Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 5) but the clauses final wording was yet to be finalised as the meeting came to a close. Some national delegations and the representative from the International Bunker Industry Association commented on the potential confusion for tankers, such as bunker barges, that carry fuel oil as cargo, rather than for their own use. Sub-committee chairman Sveinung Oftedal closed the discussion saying that IMOs secretariat would clean up the text to resolve that point.

The proposed draft amendments will be passed to the Marine Environment Protection Committees 72nd meeting (MEPC 72) in April for its urgent consideration and, if the text is approved by that meeting, the guiodelines could be adopted at MEPC 73 in October and could enter into force on 1 March 2020, two months after the 0.50% limit comes into effect. The sulphu....

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