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Danish voices support for HSFO bunker carriage ban

13 Feb 2018

The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) has supported a decision by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) to globally ban the carriage of high sulphur fuel oil on vessels from 2020.

Ships fitted with so-called scrubbers for flue gas cleaning or any other approved technology will be exempted from the ban, and it will not apply to fuels merely carried as cargo either.

"The proposal to ban the on-board presence of high sulphur content fuel globally is a step in the right direction," says Andreas Nordseth, director general of DMA.

"We are striving to reduce distortional practices among the various flag States, and this ban will make it easier to enforce the regulations and, thus, help ensure a level playing field.”

After the PPR agreement, the proposal will next be up for consideration by the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), which is expected to adopt the ban before the end of 2018; subsequently, the ban is planned to enter into force in March 2020.

The ban is part of wider IMO efforts to ensure efficient enforcement of the new sulphur provisions – efforts that will be continued towards 2020.

Related: IBIA update: High sulphur bunker carriage ban on track for March 2020

Photo credit: Danish Maritime Authority
Published: 13 February, 2018

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