FuelsEurope, a division of the European Petroleum Refiners Association, Friday said it welcomes the work being conducted by the Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) subcommittee to develop a suitable industry guidance that addresses potential issues on fuel and machinery systems.
“The draft terms of reference developed by OCIMF (Oil Companies International Marine Forum) and IPIECA (International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association) have initiated an interest of many stakeholders to contribute to the development of the industry guidance document on safe handling of 0.50 % S marine fuels,” it says.
“Regarding the stability and compatibility of 0.50 % S marine fuels included in the guidance, FuelsEurope is of the opinion that it should be strongly based on the results and/or recommendations of all the parties involved.
“FuelsEurope is of the opinion that with the adequate preparation from all stakeholders involved, the transition from high sulphur fuel oil to 0.50% sulphur fuels can be handled in a safe way.”
Meanwhile, it notes the debates on the verification issues and the control mechanisms and actions, which are intended to lead to a uniform approach on the verification of the sulphur content by all parties, to be ongoing.
“FuelsEurope supports to have the same verification procedure for the MARPOL samples and for the in-use samples,” it states.
“Additionally, it supports the global adoption a testing compliance method that is based on the established statistical confidence limit associated with the testing of the sulphur content in marine fuel products.”
Photo credit: International Maritime Organization
Published: 8 October, 2018
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