• 2018 December 17 11:01

    IBIA welcomes decision by IMO’s MSC to add new item to its agenda to address concerns about fuel safety

    IBIA says it welcomes a decision by the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee to add a new item to its agenda to address concerns about fuel safety, separating the subject from discussions around the implementation of the new 0.50% sulphur limit under MARPOL Annex VI.

    The decision was made at the 100th session of MSC held at IMO’s London headquarters in the first week of December. It followed discussion of a proposal put forward by Liberia and a group of shipping organisations to bring all fuel safety related requirements of regulation 18 of MARPOL Annex VI under MSC, preferably by developing regulatory amendments to incorporate these provisions within the SOLAS Convention.

    The subject was discussed at length at MSC 100 and views were divergent about the best way forward. IBIA urged caution on the proposal to incorporate safety provisions in SOLAS, telling MSC 100 that the proposal was vague with regards to how safety aspects might be incorporated in the regulation. IBIA said the ISO 8217 marine fuel standard, meanwhile, is adaptable and can be updated as and when new information becomes available and is well understood with regards which parameters have an impact on the safe use of fuel.

    At present, the minimum 60°C flash point limit for marine fuels is covered both under SOLAS and ISO 8217. That has not, however, prevented fuels with off-spec flashpoint from being supplied to ships. ISO 8217 covers several other safety-related parameters which are routinely tested for and while off-specs do happen, the vast majority of fuels supplied meet the limits.

    After a long debate, MSC 100 agreed that while fuel safety was a longstanding existing concern which needed to be carefully addressed, this should not affect Member States’ commitment to implementing the 2020 sulphur limit. It was also agreed that MSC does need to address safety issues and that this will be included in its agenda for MSC 101 as a new item on “Development of further measures to enhance the safety of ships relating to the use of fuel oil”.

    Member States and international organisations were invited to submit concrete proposals to MSC 101 under this new agenda item. The scope of work was agreed as follows: “Based on the review of existing safety provisions for fuel oil and information concerning the safety implications associated with the use of fuel oil, develop further measures to enhance the safety of ships relating to the use of fuel oil”. The target completion date is 2021.

    Another item discussed was a proposal to require parties to MARPOL Annex VI to establish bunker supplier licensing schemes. At present, they are only required to maintain a register of bunker suppliers.

    IBIA told MSC 100: “We support in principle the establishment of bunker supplier licensing schemes. This would help promote a level playing field for suppliers that adhere to best practices.”

    MSC agreed, however, that as the requirement is under purview of MARPOL, proposed bunker supplier licensing schemes should be address by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC).

    MSC 100 agreed, however, that a joint-MSC-MEPC circular calling on Member States to take appropriate action to ensure that fuel suppliers under their jurisdiction deliver compliant fuels should be developed by the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 6), with a view to approval by MEPC 74 and MSC 101.

    Another element discussed at MSC 100 was a proposal to improve the existing IMO reporting system by creating a new GISIS module for fuel oil safety matters. There was wide support for this, but it was noted that MEPC 73 had already invited interested parties to submit concrete proposals to MEPC 74 for ways to enhance the implementation of Regulation 18 of MARPOL Annex VI, including proposals for ways to enhance the GISIS module for data collection and analysis.

    Addressing MSC 100 on the subject, IBIA said: “We agree that the GISIS modules in their current form are not well suited to analysing fuel quality and safety matters and support improvements. We also note, having spent some time looking at GISIS, that the input submitted needs to be vetted as we see many examples of unclear and questionable information included in the GISIS modules now, and this does not help anybody.”

    MSC 100 agreed to invite MEPC 74 to advise MSC 101 on improvements to GISIS in this regard.

    MEPC 74 has been scheduled to meet from 13-17 May 2019, while MSC 101 has been scheduled to meet from 5-14 June 2019.




2019 March 21

13:24 Andrei Chibis appointed Acting Governor of Murmansk Region
13:17 Coast Guard continues to break ice on Penobscot River to start on the Kennebec River
12:00 Steel cut for first short-sea LNG bunker vessel for Eesti Gaas at Damen Yichang Shipyard, China
11:39 15 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 20-21
11:13 Bunker prices go down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:50 Doha to host Ports & Maritime Evolution, Rail & Logistics Evolution, Road & Logistics Evolution Qatar Assembly & Expo in September’19
10:27 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.16% to $68.61, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.02% to $60.24
10:08 MAN receives an order for two-stroke engines from Eastern Pacific Shipping
10:05 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning March, 21
09:59 2018 revenues of FSUE Rosmorport grew by 7% Y-o-Y to over RUB 26 billion
09:22 Baltic Dry Index is down to 709 points
09:08 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
09:00 PSA, PFR and IFM investors partner to jointly acquire the deepwater container terminal Gdańsk from Macquarie infrastructure and Real Assets, MTAA SUPER, AustralianSuper and Statewide Super
08:36 Port Canaveral starts construction of new Cruise Terminal 3 complex
07:58 SeaKing Electrical completes DFDS ferry upgrades in France

2019 March 20

18:00 Insight Into Contemporary Seafaring workshop held at Azerbaijan State Maritime Academy
17:43 Damen Cruise inks first contract with SeaDream Yacht Club
17:34 Wärtsilä prepares solutions for new state-of-the-art Wasaline ferry
17:34 Fire on Costa Smeralda under construction at Meyer Turku Shipyard not to affect building schedule
17:08 NOVATEK BoD recommends payment of RR 16.81 per ordinary share as 2018 dividend
16:46 Ukrainian seaports increased cargo handling by 2.5 million tons in January-February
16:22 ABP’s Hull Dry Bulks Terminal marks milestone handling biggest shipment
16:03 IMSSEA hosted “Maritime training and research activities” workshop
15:40 EU NAVFOR supports Somali / Ugandan maritime leadership training exercise course
15:21 Port of Long Beach Survey Director named
14:59 Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications appoints steering group to support reform of Act on Transport of Dangerous Goods
14:35 11 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 19-20
14:12 Nauticor and Destination Gotland start LNG bunkering in the port of Visby for MS “Visborg” with the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel “Kairos”
13:57 DNV GL has joined RAO/CIS Offshore 2019 as Sponsor of a conference session
13:32 TechnipFMC awarded subsea contract for the Equinor Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 development
13:11 BC Ferries reveals 25-year vision for Swartz Bay Terminal
12:49 RF Government approves implementation plan for construction of Kamchatka LNG terminal
12:30 Havyard delivers the third battery-run ferry for the Hareid–Sulesund route to Fjord1
12:04 A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S announces the completion of the sale of ordinary shares in Total S.A.
11:48 Draft law on amendments to crab harvest quota distribution submitted by RF Government to State Duma
11:30 Brexit: Port of Rotterdam starts leafleting campaign at ferry-terminals
11:03 PD Ports welcomes Offshore Wind Sector Deal
10:44 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.20% to $67.81, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.04% to $59.33
10:26 NYK signs Japan’s first ESG management support loan
10:10 Bunker prices go down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:47 AS Tallink Grupp extends vessel charter agreement
09:22 Baltic Dry Index is down to 712 points
09:08 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Mar.20.

2019 March 19

18:25 Navigation support tool receives 2018 Hydrographic Technology Encouragement Award
18:05 NYK holds conferences to improve the safety of its dry bulk fleet
17:36 Abu Dhabi Ports collects over 120 tons of floating sea debris
17:05 JAXPORT sets record with largest container ship to call Jacksonville
16:35 NYK introduces its market analysis initiatives using AI and big data
16:10 BigLift Shipping and Chung Yang Shipping cooperate in heavy transport
15:53 BW Group purchases a majority stake in Epic Gas from key shareholders and launches unconditional tender offer
15:23 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
15:12 Royal IHC to design and deliver dredge installations for Van Oord
15:02 CMA CGM updates THC in Lithuania ports
14:31 Wight at the forefront of environmental stewardship – Hybrid Explorer Vessel
14:02 Maersk has announced FAK rates from Far East Asia to Mediterranean
13:31 GC Rieber Shipping: Shearwater GeoServices awarded acquisition and processing contract in Turkey
13:01 PIL starts new Middle East service – China Straits Gulf
12:41 V.Ships Leisure teams up with Mystic Cruises to provide crew services for the first expedition vessel, World Explorer
12:20 Global cruise industry meets at Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum 2019
12:01 Global Ship Lease agrees three-year charter with Hapag-Lloyd