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HFW helps BIMCO draft its first 2020 bunker clause

28 Sep 2018

Global law firm HFW is helping shipping association BIMCO draft its first clause relating to the International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s 2020 sulphur emission rules.

The new clause, focused on compliance, has been fast-tracked and may be published as soon as the end of October, says HFW.

The company is the only law firm on BIMCO’s drafting committee. Its team is led by head of offshore Paul Dean and also includes senior associates Alessio Sbraga and Rory Grout.

“It is a privilege to support BIMCO, the other members of the drafting sub-committee, the wider membership of BIMCO and the shipping community generally on this very important new regulatory requirement,” notes Paul Dean, Head of Offshore, HFW.

BIMCO will produce several clauses dealing with specific issues relating to IMO 2020, which sets a new limit for the amount of sulphur in fuel oil of 0.5% for ships operating outside designated emission control areas. The new regulation will affect more than 70,000 ships globally.

BIMCO, in the September issue of its association magazine ‘Bulletin’, noted on the need to develop a new clause dealing specifically with the 2020 global sulphur cap.

HFW has earlier contributed articles on potential compliance issues for charterers due to IMO 2020, and contaminated marine fuel at Singapore to Manifold Times.

Related: BIMCO: Is your charter party ready for 2020?
Related: IMO 2020: Legal considerations for unprecedented changes
Related: HFW: Timing of contaminated bunkers ‘highly coincidental’

Published: 28 September, 2018

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