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Greeks support IMO decision to tackle bunker safety issues

12 Dec 2018

The Union of the Greek Shipowners (UGS) on Wednesday welcomed a decision by the Maritime Safety Committee (London, December 3-7, 2018) of the United Nations International Maritime Organization (UN IMO) to look into issues from the use of low sulphur marine fuels.

The UN IMO will tackle safety issues relating to the use of ships’ fuel oil as they are expected to become more acute after the implementation of the 2020 global sulphur cap in marine fuels, notes UGS.

“We hope that both existing problems as well as any that may emanate from the new low sulphur marine fuels, which will be produced mainly through blending (fuel blends), will be addressed appropriately and effectively by the IMO MSC”, notes President of the UGS Theodore Veniamis.

The next discussion at UN IMO is expected to focus on unstable and unsafe fuels with lower flashpoints than the minimum required by SOLAS, the incompatibility of different batches of blended fuels, inadequate safety margins for cat fines and extended ignition delays due to poor combustion characteristics.  

“Fulfilling its institutional role in its entirety, the UGS will continue to contribute substantially with a view to the timely and effective response to these challenges, which pose a real and major threat to ships’ crews and engines and, by extension, to the marine environment, so as to achieve the safest and smoothest possible transition to the use of new, low-sulphur marine fuels throughout the shipping industry”, he concludes.

Photo credit: International Maritime Organization
Published: 12 December, 2018


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