• 2018 April 16 17:05

    IMO on track to introduce high sulphur fuel carriage ban from March 2020

    Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI to prohibit not just the use, but also carriage of bunkers above 0.50% sulphur, have been agreed this week, taking into account a request from IBIA and IPIECA to slightly modify the regulatory text to make sure it doesn’t unintentionally prevent bunker barges from carrying high sulphur bunker fuel for delivery to ships with scrubbers, IBIA said in its press release.

    The carriage ban was initially discussed in plenary at the 72nd session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 72) on Tuesday, using amended regulatory text developed by the IMO’s Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 5) in February.

    The key issue up for consideration was whether to go ahead with the amendment, which, if formally adopted at MEPC 73 in October this year, means a carriage ban can take effect as early as 1 March, 2020.

    For some, that is too early. A number of countries argued for deferring the carriage ban until a later date due to uncertainty about the availability of compliant fuels in 2020, and concerns about the safety of the fuels on offer. They were advocating a phase of experience-building before not only the use of fuels above 0.50% sulphur is prohibited, but also carriage of such fuels on ships without approved equivalent arrangements such as scrubbers.

    A majority of IMO member states, however, see the carriage ban as a crucial instrument in enabling more effective enforcement of the 2020 sulphur limit and hence reduce the risk that operators will be tempted to cheat and gain a competitive advantage.

    The other issue up for discussion was the clarity of the amended text for Regulation 14, which was developed at PPR 5: “The sulphur content of any fuel oil used or carried for use on board ships shall not exceed 0.50% m/m.”

    IBIA co-sponsored a submission to MEPC 72 with IPIECA, calling for a small modification to prevent unintended consequences because this could be read as not allowing bunker barges to carry “fuel oil for use on ships” with above 0.50% sulphur content.

    IBIA proposal received strong support as the need for a clear, unambiguous text was recognised. The text eventually agreed, following deliberations in the Air Pollution Working Group, was as follows: “The sulphur content of fuel oil used or carried for use on board a ship shall not exceed 0.50% m/m.”

    There was also discussion regarding whether there was a need to include a reference in this part of the MARPOL regulation to show a clear link to the regulation 4.1 of MARPOL Annex VI on equivalent means, to make it crystal clear that the carriage ban does not apply to ships equipped with approved abatement technology such as scrubbers.

    While there was some support for this, on balance, it was deemed unnecessary and would open the door to having to add cross-references to regulation 4.1 throughout other parts of the MARPOL Annex VI regulation.

    Besides, some argued, the regulation will be clearly understood by the authorities in charge of enforcing it. The ship’s IAPP certificate will clearly state whether the ship has an approved equivalent arrangement.

    One member state, however, reserved its position on this and may propose an editorial amendment to MEPC 73 to make the exemption from the carriage ban for ships with scrubbers more explicit.

    Apart from the amendment of Regulation 14 to prevent not just the use, but also the carriage of fuel oil above 0.50% sulphur, the amended text to be adopted has been shortened significantly as mentions of previous sulphur limits in emission control areas (ECAs) and outside ECAs will be redundant from the start of 2020, and hence have been removed.

    The new regulatory text only specifies the 0.50% limit under Regulation 14.1, and the 0.10% applicable in ECAs under Regulation 14.4, which has also been slightly amended to read: “While a ship is operating within an emission control area, the sulphur content of fuel oil used on board that ship shall not exceed 0.10% m/m.”

    After being formally approved at MEPC 72 this Friday, the amendments to MARPOL Annex VI are expected to be formally adopted at MEPC 73 and enter into force on 1 March, 2020.




2018 April 24

11:09 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to East Africa
10:45 Foreship takes world’s leading CFD simulation software, StarCCM+ into use
10:30 ABP shortlisted for two Humber Renewables Awards
10:22 Brent Crude futures price down 0.04% to $74.03, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.13% to $68.31
10:08 Nakilat is the first company in Qatar certified for ISO45001
09:39 Freeport of Riga Authority along with several port companies visited TransRussia 2018
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,306 points
09:08 Compensation regime for Hazardous and Noxious Cargoes a step closer - IMO
08:48 City of Antwerp and Antwerp Port Authority start urban mission to Moscow and St. Petersburg

2018 April 23

18:06 World’s largest short sea Ro-Ro vessel MV Celine christened at Dublin Port
17:52 Digital Ship’s Maritime Big Data Forum will be held on 29 May 2018 in Oslo
17:36 Ocean Rig announces agreement to postpone delivery of newbuilding drillship Ocean Rig Santorini
17:20 Construction of Bagayevsky hydrosystem begins in Rostov Region (photo)
17:05 ITF urges Hutchison Ports to improve global health and safety operations
16:35 Polskie LNG conduct a technical dialogue on extension of LNG Terminal in Świnoujście
16:29 Rosmorport’s icebreakers assisted over 5,700 vessels in freezing seaports of Russia this winter navigation season
16:05 Hapag-Lloyd plans 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020
15:55 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company to provide additional scholarships for students
15:33 TransContainer’s net profit in QI’2018 increased by 19.5% Y-o-Y to RUB 1.479 million
15:04 M.v. Tucana delivers fibre optic cable baskets from Drammen (Norway)
14:47 Port of Gdansk (Poland) throughput up 44% to 12.7 million tonnes in January-March 2018
14:31 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO in RF spot market up to RUB 13,542 per tonne
14:10 ICTSI PNG units ink union agreements
13:59 MOL сrude oil tanker rescues a castaway in the South China Sea
13:39 Container barge transport to become more efficient in the port of Antwerp
12:48 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport fell by 7.3% to 0.7 million tonnes in 3M’18
11:46 Vistula Maersk makes a maiden call to St. Petersburg, as first in series of new ice-class vessels
11:13 2 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on April 22-23
10:51 Training ship Perekop completes unofficial visit to Republic of Sri Lanka
10:25 Brent Crude futures price down 0.04% to $74.03, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.13% to $68.31
10:04 Workshop on IMO's ISPS Code held in Mexico
09:40 Training on ship air pollution and low carbon measures held in Tehran
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,281 points

2018 April 22

15:33 Port of Rotterdam Authority to realise tide pools along Calandkanaal
15:32 British Ports Association raise border facilities' concerns with PM
15:31 Hapag-Lloyd to revise the Fuel Surcharge for Inland Haulage under Carrier arrangement from Germany to Belgium and Netherlands
15:30 JAXPORT names Interim Chief Financial Officer
15:28 Seaspan announces senior management change

2018 April 21

15:06 MV Thuringia makes maiden CI3 service call at Chennai International Terminals
15:04 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Arethusa with Glencore
15:00 Gothenburg Port Authority publishes Sustainability Report for 2017
14:47 Wärtsilä welcomes global shipping’s agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions
14:45 Vopak to invest in new storage capacity at its Rotterdam terminal

2018 April 20

18:15 Yaroslavsky Shipyard launches yet another boom-laying boat (photo)
18:03 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to Middle East Gulf
17:47 President of Cyprus visits IMO
17:29 NOVATEK’s AGM approves 2017 dividends
17:03 SEA\LNG reiterates LNG’s central role in meeting IMO’s decarbonisation goals
16:40 SCF Group’s financing deal with VTB Bank recognized by Marine Money as a Deal of The Year
16:03 CMA CGM announces an agreement to acquire a stake in CEVA
15:36 Nuclear-powered submarine Severodvinsk passed control check for winter training period
15:03 MEPC 72: Proposal to mandate ISO sulphur test methods to be discussed further
14:40 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard launches Russia’s first dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59 (photo)
14:24 HELCOM group meets in Berlin to focus on reducing land-based pollution affecting the Baltic Sea
13:38 WMU supports IMO climate change strategy for shipping
13:02 Panama Canal transits three LNG vessels in one day
12:43 Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Crane to handle bulk materials in Rotterdam
11:49 2 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on April 19-20
11:26 "Safety Day" held for Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company management
11:02 Navigation on rivers and canals of Saint-Petersburg opens from April 20