• 2016 November 1 12:47

    IMO sets 2020 date for ships to comply with LSF oil requirement

    In a landmark decision for both the environment and human health, 1 January 2020 has been set as the implementation date for a significant reduction in the sulphur content of the fuel oil used by ships. The decision to implement a global sulphur cap of 0.50% m/m (mass/mass) in 2020 was taken by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the regulatory authority for international shipping, during its Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), meeting for its 70th session in London, IMO said in its media release.

    It represents a significant cut from the 3.5% m/m global limit currently in place and demonstrates a clear commitment by IMO to ensuring shipping meets its environmental obligations.

    IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim welcomed the decision which he said reflected the Organization’s determination to ensure that international shipping remains the most environmentally sound mode of transport.   

    “The reductions in sulphur oxide emissions resulting from the lower global sulphur cap are expected to have a significant beneficial impact on the environment and on human health, particularly that of people living in port cities and coastal communities, beyond the existing emission control areas,” Mr. Lim said.  

    Further work to ensure effective implementation of the 2020 global sulphur cap will continue in the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR).

    Regulations governing sulphur oxide emissions from ships are included in Annex VI to the International Convention for the prevention of Pollution from ships (MARPOL Convention). Annex VI sets progressive stricter regulations in order to control emissions from ships, including sulphur oxides (SOx) and nitrous oxides (NOx) - which present major risks to both the environment and human health.

    The date of 2020 was agreed in amendments adopted in 2008. When those amendments were adopted, it was also agreed that a review should be undertaken by 2018 in order to assess whether sufficient compliant fuel oil would be available to meet the 2020 date. If not, the date could be deferred to 2025. That review was completed in 2016 and submitted to MEPC 70. The review concluded that sufficient compliant fuel oil would be available to meet the fuel oil requirements. 

    Under the new global cap, ships will have to use fuel oil on board with a sulphur content of no more than 0.50% m/m, against the current limit of 3.50%, which has been in effect since 1 January 2012. The interpretation of “fuel oil used on board” includes use in main and auxiliary engines and boilers. Exemptions are provided for situations involving the safety of the ship or saving life at sea, or if a ship or its equipment is damaged.

    Ships can meet the requirement by using low-sulphur compliant fuel oil. An increasing number of ships are also using gas as a fuel as when ignited it leads to negligible sulphur oxide emissions. This has been recognised in the development by IMO of the International Code for Ships using Gases and other Low Flashpoint Fuels (the IGF Code), which was adopted in 2015. Another alternative fuel is methanol which is being used on some short sea services.

    Ships may also meet the SOx emission requirements by using approved equivalent methods, such as exhaust gas cleaning systems or “scrubbers”, which “clean” the emissions before they are released into the atmosphere. In this case, the equivalent arrangement must be approved by the ship’s Administration (the flag State).

    The new global cap will not change the limits in SOx Emission Control Areas (ECAS) established by IMO, which since 1 January 2015 has been 0.10% m/m. The ECAs established under MARPOL Annex VI for SOx are: the Baltic Sea area; the North Sea area; the North American area (covering designated coastal areas off the United States and Canada); and the United States Caribbean Sea area (around Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands).




2019 November 14

15:15 The ICS and ECSA call for immediate and effective intervention after yet another attack in the Gulf of Guinea
15:12 Restoration of 90 year old Amsterdam bridge by Niron Staal
14:43 Expert forecasts scrubbers to consume some 600,000 barrels of heavy fuel per day in 2020
14:14 Norway boosts IMO's GreenVoyage-2050 GHG project
13:32 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg invested RUB 630 million in development in 9M’19, up 53% YoY
13:11 MOL earns AIP for design of bow wind-shield, ultra-large containership
12:30 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:04 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
11:23 Aleksey Rykovanov appointed as General Director of Murmansk Commercial Seaport
11:01 Arista Shipping starts the path to smart shipping operations with an ocean data agreement with ABS
10:39 RF Government supports expansion of Murmansk Transport Hub capacity to 65 million tonnes by 2035
10:16 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 14
10:02 WesCom Signal and Rescue goes green at METSTRADE 2019
09:38 Three new Damen FCS Patrol vessels for SR Platforms achieve major milestones in a single week
09:33 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.58% to $62.73, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.72% to $57.53
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,365 points

2019 November 13

18:07 LR and Seabury Maritime partner to tackle OPEX and CAPEX challenges
17:55 Gasum acquires AGA’s Clean Energy business and Nauticor’s Marine Bunkering business from Linde AG
17:36 Rolls-Royce and luxury yacht manufacturer Sunseeker sign frame agreement for MTU engines
17:18 Next-generation controller platform ‘Triton’ successfully passes TAT in Japan using latest ME-engine control system
17:04 LNG market expectations will be framed at the 6th International LNG Congress
16:54 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-Oct’2019 fell by 21% Y-o-Y to 9.34 million tonnes
16:28 Throughput of port Vyborg in Jan-Oct’2019 fell by 35% Y-o-Y to 1 million tonnes
16:03 MSC Cruises christens MSC Grandiosa
15:29 Innovative solutions for remote inspection: RINA and Kiber team up
15:03 Klaveness to focus their Dry Bulk operator activity on the Panamax to Post-Panamax segment
14:57 Throughput of port Vysotsk in Jan-Oct'2019 climbed by 5% Y-o-Y to 16.15 million tonnes
14:16 HHLA reports 4% growth in container volume to 5.7 million TEUs, revenue up 8.3% to 1 bn euros in Jan-Sept, 2019
13:33 Throughput of port Primorsk in Jan-Oct’2019 grew by 17% Y-o-Y to 51.84 million tonnes
13:12 Ten ports in the Nordic Region agreed upon a declaration focusing on sustainable port management
13:12 Cargo traffic in Ob-Irtysh Basin slightly down to 7.7 million tonnes
12:49 Port of Ust-Luga handled 87.49 million tonnes of cargo in 10M’19, up 7% Y-o-Y
12:24 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg in 10M'2019 grew by 2% to 50.00 million tonnes
12:00 EIB agrees to provide EUR 140 million to support expansion and upgrading of the Port of Piraeus
11:57 MPC Capital acquires stake in tanker specialist Albis Shipping & Transport
11:33 Port of Southampton welcomes MSC Grandiosa on her UK launch
11:08 Net profit of Commercial Port of Vladivostok for 9M’19 totaled RUB 4.64 billion, up 38.7% YoY
10:17 Port of San Diego to add seven alternative fuel vehicles to its work fleet
10:16 Environmental legislation on maritime transport will be reformed – focus on waste management
09:50 Bunker market at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia sees mixed price movements (graph)
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.37% to $61.83, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.33% to $56.61
09:25 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 13
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,354 points

2019 November 12

18:06 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from China to Middle East including Red Sea
17:51 Admiral Makarov SUMIS participates in the international investigative project on oil spill response
17:36 Black Bear Carbon announces Port of Rotterdam as preferred location for new rCB plant in The Netherlands
17:20 Throughput of Russian seaports in 10M'2019 grew by 3.2% to 701.6 million tonnes of cargo (detalization)
17:06 MODEC, Mitsui, MOL and Marubeni to proceed with the deepwater FPSO charter project for Búzios field of Brazilian offshore pre-salt oil field
17:05 Peninsula Petroleum Group says is ready for IMO 2020
16:38 Metrans receives the first of ten new Vectron locomotives
15:59 New Joint Guidelines from ICS and OCIMF to improve safety in polar waters
15:31 Diesel submarine of RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet participates in exercised in the Sea of Japan
15:04 NMDC to complete fleet-wide conversion to Thordon seawater lubricated composite cutter shaft bearings
14:38 Krasnoye Sormovo delivers dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59, Aleksandr Sokolov
14:03 Damen Marine Components receives steering system contract for SunStone’s fifth Infinity-class 200 pax polar expedition cruise ship
13:35 Glavgosexpertiza of Russia approves survey findings under project for port construction on Novaya Zemlya
13:09 The Port of Gdansk connects Poland and Singapore
13:06 Bunker prices go down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:43 NMDC to complete fleet-wide conversion to Thordon seawater lubricated composite cutter shaft bearings
12:28 Admiral Makarov SUMIS confirmed unique competence in dynamic positioning operators training