• 2019 December 9 10:53

    Industry roundtable meeting feeling more positive on IMO 2020

    A second roundtable industry meeting hosted by IMO at its London Headquarters in November saw more optimism about the general readiness to meet the sulphur 2020 requirement than the first such meeting, which was held in June this year. IBIA had a delegation attending both the June 21 and November 18 roundtable meetings, which were initiated by the IMO Secretariat to share information and exchange views, IBIA says in a press release.

    During the first roundtable meeting in June, representatives for shipping organisations expressed doubts about the necessary supply being made available, disappointment about lacking and/or highly priced supply of fuels complying with the 0.50% limit to gain experience, and ongoing concerns about the safe use of compliant fuels. IBIA explained at the time that limited spot market availability of very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) blends produced to meet the 0.50% limit was a function of a corresponding lack of demand. More widespread supply could only be expected once more demand was manifesting. Citing intentions expressed by suppliers around world; IBIA told the meeting in June that supply of VLSFO would likely become much more readily available during the fourth quarter of 2019.

    The roundtable meeting in November saw increasing confidence as significant efforts to date by all stakeholders to achieve effective implementation was recognised. It was felt supply of compliant fuels would generally be available, with some exceptions. While heavy fuel oils continued to be loaded, it was noted that more ship operators and owners are beginning to gain experience of compliant fuels, while bunker suppliers were in the process of moving their storage infrastructure and bunker barges to be 0.50% compliant fuel oil ready. As IBIA said during an Symposium on IMO 2020, supply of VLSFO meeting the 0.50% sulphur limit has been announced with increasing frequency, in particular since late September, and was already available in various locations across Asia, Middle East, Africa and the Americas as of mid-October with more and more set to become available, either during October or during November/December.

    Consistent enforcement by port State control was once again recognised as essential to ensure a level playing field and to ensure that ships would not be disproportionately impacted.

    MARPOL Annex VI, which contains the sulphur limit regulation, has 95 Parties, who between them register 96.71% or world merchant shipping by tonnage. Flag States have jurisdiction over the ship and issue the International Air Pollution Prevention Certificate (IAPP) to ships of 400 gross tonnage and above.

    However, port States need to be a Party to Annex VI to exercise port State control in relation to the sulphur 2020 limit. The number of Parties to the Annex varies in different port State control regions.

    Concerns were raised by some attendees on the preparedness of the PSC regimes to enforce the 2020 sulphur limit, however the IMO Secretariat confirmed the Organization’s readiness to support PSC regimes, in particular, with capacity building and training, and highlighted workshops delivered with the support of Denmark and the World Maritime University (WMU).  Specific training to support port State control for the implementation of MARPOL Annex VI could be provided. An IMO Workshop for PSC MoU/Agreement Secretaries and Database Managers will be convened in 2020, which would provide a further opportunity to promote the harmonization of enforcement measures.

    Roundtable participants raised concern about possible inconsistent approaches in relation to the fuel oil non-availability report (FONAR). The report is not intended as an exemption but is a standardised template to report non-availability of compliant fuel oil.  The IMO Secretariat reminded participants that IMO has issued the 2019 Guidelines on consistent implementation of 0.50% sulphur limit under MARPOL Annex VI (MEPC.320(74)), which includes a standardised FONAR.

    Participants agreed on the need to continue to raise awareness about the sulphur 2020 limit and the need for further preparation by all stakeholders, including the IMO Secretariat, PSC regimes, Member States, shipowners/operators, charterers, fuel suppliers and others, in order to ensure consistent implementation of the sulphur 2020 limit by 1 January 2020. In this regard, it was agreed that the IMO Secretariat would communicate to all relevant parties on the continuing need to prepare for the entry into force of the sulphur limit.

    The roundtable meeting was attended by representatives from IMO Secretariat and: International Chamber of Shipping (ICS); International Organization for Standardization (ISO).; BIMCO; International Association of Classification Societies (IACS); Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF); International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO); International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO); IPIECA; The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST); International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA).


2020 January 25

16:11 “Flower Power” from Sanmar and Robert Allan Ltd. – 200 Tugs and Counting
15:27 USCG Cutter Polar Star arrives in Antarctica
13:11 TORM orders two scrubber-fitted LR2 newbuildings
12:47 USCG opens Blue Technology Center of Expertise
10:47 Hamburg Süd’s COO Frank Smet to step down
08:31 NORDEN signs charter for more women in shipping

2020 January 24

18:07 Port of Hamburg not expecting reduction in container throughput caused by liner service changes announced by Ocean Alliance and Maersk
17:42 First ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation in the Port of Rostock
17:40 Engineering troops to develop a plant for desalination of water in the Arctic
17:16 Gasum completes 200th ship-to-ship LNG bunkering
16:52 Carnival Mardi Gras floated out at Meyer Turku shipyard
16:51 Former COO of Stanlow refinery: “The first step of the digitalization is underway”
16:27 Tallink’s vessel Silja Europa to be renewed at Turku Repair Yard in Naantali, Finland
16:04 United Heavy Lift GmbH Hamburg takes over a modern Heavy Lift fleet of nine eco-friendly F900 newbuildings
16:03 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from West Med, Adriatic, Black Sea and East Med to Far East, Middle East Gulf and Red Sea
15:32 First Deputy PM Andrey Belousov held meeting with senior executives of RF Transport Ministry
15:03 Dublin Port Company christens its new Pilot Boat, DPC Tolka
14:30 Sergey Sapegin takes the helm of Kaliningrad Railway
14:03 The Grande Houston delivered to the Grimaldi Group
13:25 Port of Guayaquil inaugurates deepened maritime access channel
12:58 Bunker prices are table at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
12:01 CMA CGM announces PSS for reefer exports from Ecuador to Europe, Baltic, Mediterranean, Middle East & Asia
11:00 MAN Energy Solutions wins contract to supply the main propulsion engines for two patrol vessels
10:33 The ShipFC project to convert offshore vessel to run on ammonia-powered fuel cell
10:22 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Jan 24
09:31 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.35% to $62.26, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.4% to $55.81
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is down to 576 points

2020 January 23

19:00 Chembulk Tankers announces management changes
18:27 KOTUG provides salvage assistance to MV EM-OINOUSSES
18:07 Ocean Installer awarded contract with Dana Petroleum
17:42 Almost 290 cruise liners will call at Ports of Stockholm in 2020
17:37 NYK-operated coal carrier Sunshine Pride enters service for Joban Joint Power
17:19 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in 2019 fell by 2% to 14.42 million tonnes (table)
16:48 Draft Strategy for Development of Russia’s Arctic Zone to be ready by 20 March 2020
16:05 The AUTOSHIP project receives funding of almost Euro 20.1 mln
15:21 probunkers signs LOI with Hyundai for the construction of two LNG bunker vessels
15:16 Perspectives for containers and ro-ro market discussed in Berlin
14:40 New intermodal train connection arranged from Luxembourg
13:37 Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg spent RUB 11 million under its social and charity programmes in 2019
13:03 Global Ports Group to renew handling equipment
12:29 Russia's Main Department of State Expertise approves reconstruction at the port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
12:05 Port of Long Beach moves more than 7.6 million TEU in 2019
11:48 Croatian DIV Group in process to take-over Kleven Verft
11:00 Austal awarded A$15.5m contract for a 41 metre high speed catamaran ferry for SGTM Mauritius
10:56 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Jan 23
10:27 ABS marks record-setting three years without a work-related lost time injury
10:25 IBIA: IMO 2020 preparations pay off
10:03 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.4% to $64.33, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.48% to $58.1
09:46 TransContainer dispatched test train with hazardous cargo in reefers from Korea to Poland
09:24 Baltic Dry Index is down to 623 points
09:08 Swissterminal and DP World enter strategic partnership
08:36 CMA CGM introduces NETWORKING INTERMEDIATION SERVICES

2020 January 22

18:37 BunkerTrace secures first commercial partnership with Marfin Management
18:07 MAN Cryo to supply icebreaking RoRos with fuel gas supply system
17:45 Throughput of Chinese sea and river ports in 2019 grew by 5.7% YoY to 13.95 billion tonnes
17:20 Ships of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet approached the Strait of Tunis
17:06 Boluda Towage Europe introduces 1st retrofit of conventional tug complying with IMO TIER III Standards in Zeebrugge
16:56 Russian-Japanese anti-piracy exercise successfully completed in the Arabian sea
16:05 European shipping industry urges the revival of Operation Sophia
15:38 Marubeni and Klaveness join forces to create the world’s leading dry bulk Panamax pool