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Danish Shipping supports global ban on high-sulphur fuels

25 Jan 2018

The shipping organisation Danish Shipping says it supports the carriage ban of non-compliant bunker fuels as a solution to create a “cleaner environment and a level playing field” in preparation for the upcoming global sulphur cap in 2020.

The shipping industry and non-governmental organisations have recently called for International Maritime Organization (IMO) member states to support their proposal to ban non-compliant fuel on board unless the ship has a scrubber installation.

The proposal will be discussed at the upcoming Pollution, Prevention and Response (PPR) meeting at IMO in the beginning of February.

“Danish Shipping has together with our members put a lot of work into the industry proposal and we believe an explicit ban on non-compliant fuel is a simple and straightforward method to ensure that the sulphur requirement does not give any opportunity to circumvent the regulation by burning fuel with an illegal content of sulphur,” says Maria Skipper Schwenn, Director at Danish Shipping.

“Danish Shipping has for several years worked together with NGOs such as the Danish Ecological Council arguing that this costly regulation needs to be followed by effective enforcement.

“We have the exact same aim: Cleaner environment and a level playing field.

“The strong message from these leading international environmental organizations and the industry sends an unprecedented clear signal to the IMO Member States.

“I can hardly imagine that the member states who adopted the sulphur regulation will not support effective enforcement in order to make sure that environmental benefits as well as level playing field is ensured.”

On 1 January 2020, the global sulphur cap adopted by IMO enters into force to limit sulphur emissions from ships from 3.5% to 0.5%.

“I am very pleased to see this unprecedented and very strong signal from all sides, industry and NGOs, to support a global ban on high-sulphur fuels,” says Søren Toft, CEO of Maersk Line.

“A ban is the best way to secure simple and robust enforcement. Only this will secure a level playing field and ultimately the health and environment objectives of the IMO sulphur rules.”

Related: More pressure on carriage ban of non-compliant bunker fuel

Published: 25 January, 2018

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