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  • 2018 January 23 15:03

    Environmental organizations and shipping industry call for carriage ban on non - compliant fuel

    Leading environmental organizations  and the global shipping industry  have joined  in calling  for an explicit  prohibition on the carriage of non - compliant marine fuels when the global 0.5%  sulphur cap takes effect in 2020.

    IMO has agreed that from 1st January 2020 the maximum permitted sulphur content of  marine fuel (outside Emission Control Areas) will reduce from 3.5% to 0.5%. Unless a ship is using an approved equivalent compliance method, there should be no reason for it to be  carrying non - compliant fuels for combustion on board.

    The 2020 sulphur cap will provide substantial environmental and human health benefits as a result of the reduced sulphur content of marine fuels used from 1 Jan 2020. At the same  time, the 2020 cap will significantly increase ships’ operating costs and will present major challenges to governments that must ensure consistent  enforcement  across the globe.

    To secure the intended environmental and health benefits,  the organizations say it is of utmost  importance that  enforcement of this standard is efficient a nd robust globally. Any failure by governments to ensure consistent implementation and enforcement could also lead to  serious market distortion and unfair competition.

    In a  joint  statement ahead of a critical IMO meeting in February, at which proposals for a carriage ban will be discussed by governments, environmental and shipping organizations  assert that  such  a ban  will help ensure robust, simplified and consistent enforcement of  the  global  sulphur cap.

    A number of international associations  representing the global shipping industry, as well as the Cook Islands and Norway, have  already  submitted proposal s to  IMO to ban the carriage  of non - complaint fuels.  These  proposals  call for an amendment to  Annex VI  of the MARPOL Convention, stipulating that ships should not carry fuel for propulsion with a sulphur content  above 0.5%  (unless they are using an  approved alternative compliance method).

    Given the  fundamental importance  of  the 2020  global sulphur cap, the call for a prohibition  on  the carriage of non - compliant fuels is now supported by the following organizations: BIMCO, Clean Shipping Coalition, Cruise Lines International Association, Friends of the Earth U.S., International Chamber of Shipping, International Parcel Tankers ’ Association, INTERTANKO, Pacific Environment,  World Shipping Council, and WWF Global Arctic  Programme.


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