• 2018 July 18 10:16

    ICS encouraged by IMO progress on 2020 global sulphur cap implementation issues

    In a statement July 17, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) says it is encouraged by efforts made by IMO Member States to resolve some pressing practical challenges ahead of the global implementation of the 0.5% sulphur in fuel cap on 1 January 2020.

    Speaking after an important IMO working group meeting last week, to which the industry submitted a number of constructive proposals to help ensure smooth and consistent implementation, ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe remarked:   

    “Although there is still much work to be done, last week’s IMO discussions were positive.  Most important is that governments have acknowledged the safety concerns raised by industry about the use of compliant fuels including possible incompatibility. We are pleased that Member States have accepted their obligations under MARPOL to ensure that fuel is suitable for use and will not pose a safety risk to the ship or the crew, and that IMO has now agreed that these critical issues should be urgently addressed by the next IMO Maritime Safety Committee in December 2017.”

    ICS says it also greatly welcomes an important statement made by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to last week’s IMO working group.

    “ISO announced that the existing industry standard for marine fuel oils, ISO 8217, already addresses the new 0.5% fuel blends that will be used by many ships to comply in 2020.  ISO also advised that it will be providing guidance on the application of the standard to these new blended fuels.”

    “In view of recent concerns, ISO’s confirmation that no revision of the standards is needed prior to 2020 is very welcome as is ISO’s recognition that existing tools to assess compatibility are inadequate and its reassurance that ISO is actively seeking solutions before the 2020 deadline.”  

    Mr Hinchliffe added “It will be vital for shipowners and crews to have confidence that new fuels will indeed be safe and compatible before taking delivery, which they will need to start doing several months in advance of January 2020.”

    ICS has also welcomed the development by IMO, as suggested by the industry, of a template for ship specific ‘Implementation Plans’, which will be adopted by the Marine Environment Protection Committee in October.

    “This template will help ship operators to prepare for implementation and demonstrate good faith in doing everything possible to ensure compliance, which will be important if compliant or compatible fuel is not available in every port during the first few weeks of implementation.  Throughout last week’s meeting, the industry stressed the need for a pragmatic approach to enforcement in the event of any initial teething problems that are beyond the control of ship operators, and IMO has agreed that Port State Control authorities may take account of a ship’s Implementation Plan when verifying compliance.” Mr Hinchliffe explained.  

    ICS says that solid progress was also made by Member States on draft guidelines for consistent implementation, fuel oil non-availability reporting, verification issues and amendments to the guidelines for Port State Control.

    ICS is also pleased by the agreement to apply the 95% confidence factor of ISO 4259 to on board fuel oil samples used for verifying compliance, while retaining the existing absolute 0.50% limit for the MARPOL sample which is taken during bunkering. ICS says this should help avoid potential scenarios where the sample taken during bunkering receives an acceptable test result only for the in-use fuel to be found non-compliant.

    “More work is obviously needed to fully address the important issues raised by the industry, but the usual IMO spirit of co-operation has moved us all significantly closer to achieving smooth implementation in January 2020.” said Peter Hinchliffe. “During last week’s IMO meeting, it was again made clear that there is absolutely no possibility that the legal date of implementation will be postponed.  It is therefore of the utmost importance that shipping companies and charterers proceed with their implementation planning without delay.”

    Taking account of the decisions made by IMO Member States last week, including the template for ship specific Implementation Plans, ICS is now developing detailed guidance on implementation of the global sulphur cap, which it will make available to shipowners via its member national shipowner associations during the next few weeks.   

    ICS (with other international shipping associations) co-sponsored a number of submissions to the IMO Intersessional Meeting on Consistent Implementation of Regulation 14.1.3 of MARPOL Annex VI which met from 9-13 July.




2020 February 27

09:56 Hydrographic Department to dredge about 20 million cbm of material on Sabetta’s seaway canal in 2020
09:34 Marine Recruiting Agency LLC trained 1,957 specialists in 2019, up 2.6% YoY
09:32 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Feb 27
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 517 points

2020 February 26

18:37 Royal IHC to supply integrated power cablelay spread
18:01 Chartwell Marine announces sponsorship agreement with Alan Roberts Racing in the lead up to the 2020 racing season
17:29 Keppel delivers world’s fastest brownfield FPSO modification project
17:26 Busan Port Authority and Samsung SDS signed a contract to operate a logistics center in Rotterdam, Netherlands
17:00 Smart Maritime Council announces support for shipboard machinery data standard
16:23 Damen DOP ensures new approach to dredging – expert opinion
16:00 FSUE Rosmorport to dredge 18.4 million cbm of material in 2020
15:36 Yamal LNG reaches thirty million tons milestone
15:12 MHI-MME receives retractable fin stabilizer orders for two luxury expedition vessels being built by Helsinki Shipyard
14:55 Contract signed for extension of Świnoujście LNG Terminal
14:34 Rosmorrechflot to have 20 dredgers built at Lotos shipyard by 2030
14:12 Kongsberg Maritime wins 300 MNOK contract to equip four new cruise vessels
13:55 EU NAVFOR Somalia supports Djiboutian Coast Guard
13:33 Belarusian-Latvian cooperation in multimodal cargo transportation via Latvian ports discussed in Riga
13:10 Global Offshore announces new addition to its cable installation fleet
12:51 Rosmorport announces tender for dredging on access canal of Temryuk port
12:28 PortNews Media Group and Shipbuilding Cluster of Arkhangelsk Region sign agreement on cooperation
12:10 Contship Italia confirms operational continuity at Group's maritime and intermodal terminals amidst SARS-CoV-2 outbreak
12:07 Milaha reports a 6% increase in net profit for full year 2019
11:29 BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO launch survey to identify fuel oil issues
11:01 Seaspan agrees to purchase a fleet of four containerships
10:48 Viesturs Zeps elected Chairman of Freeport of Riga Board, Pavels Rebenoks elected Deputy Chairman
10:21 3rd Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging Congress kicks off in Moscow
10:17 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Feb 26
10:06 GTT receives an order from Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co. Ltd. for the tank design of two new LNG Carriers
09:59 First dredger with ultra-low emissions has arrived in Belgium
09:54 Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port to invest RUB 108.4 billion in development till 2029
09:35 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.65% to $54.61, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.8% to $50.3
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 508 points

2020 February 25

18:06 Maritime world players gather in Antwerp for World Ports Conference 2020
17:51 Four new IBIA board members announced at AGM
17:30 ClassNK develops its Digital Grand Design 2030
17:18 Piraeus Bank enters into a strategic collaboration with ORIX Corporation to provide financing solutions to the Greek maritime sector
17:02 DNV GL awards MSC new container ship fire safety notation
16:36 Foreship scrubber enquiries surge as owners clear the air
15:59 Trust Management sells crude oil tanker FSL Shanghai
15:49 RF Navy’s Baltic Fleet starts preparing for "Sea Cup" competition
14:58 Gazprom Neft’s net profit exceeds RUB400 billion in 2019
14:33 World Bank presents results of its study on prospects for strengthening Ukraine’s port sector governance
14:05 Marakeb Technologies and Fincantieri sign MOU for unmanned technology collaboration
13:27 THE Alliance announces details of 2020 Middle East service network
12:42 Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg upgrades its fleet of production equipment
12:17 COSCO SHIPPING Lines maintains logistics chain for international trade
12:01 KSS Line adds one new VLGC model after four vessels in 2019
11:25 DP World acquires the largest multi-purpose deep-sea marine terminal on the West Coast of North America
11:16 PPA scores big in latest survey, continues to veer away from 'corruption' tag
10:43 World Maritime University signs MoU with Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific
10:15 Logistics specialist leases Newport Docks warehouse
10:14 CMA CGM announces PSS from Europe, Scandinavia, Black Sea & West Med to Reunion, Mauritius, Mayotte, Comoros, Seychelles & Madagascar
10:09 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Feb 25
09:51 Throughput of port Shanghai (China) in Jan’20 fell by 13.2% to 41.75 million tonnes
09:30 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.3% to $55.94, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.39% to $51.63
09:12 Baltic Dry Index is up to 506 points

2020 February 24

16:43 MOL and DSME sign joint development agreement for environmental friendly FSRU technology
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