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IMO 2020: INTERCARGO directs members for ‘year of preparation’

07 Mar 2019

The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO) has recommended members to spend 2019 preparing for IMO 2020.

“For our industry and our members, 2019 represents a year of preparation for the consumption of 0.5% m/m sulphur content fuel oil,” said Chairman Dimitrios J. Fafalios.

“Ship implementation plans should be in place and applied at the earliest opportunity.”

The association adds it course supports the 2020 Sulphur Cap and its implementation date of 1st January 2020.

“However, our Association cannot ignore the safety issues that are likely to arise with this important regulation,” it notes.

“The successful, effective and orderly implementation of the regulation rests not only with ship operators but equally with the IMO Member States and with suppliers (involving oil refineries, bunker suppliers and Charterers) who need to secure the worldwide availability of safe compliant fuels – a particular problem for ships in the dry bulk tramp trades.”

The International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s initial strategy for the reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) from ships was also welcomed by INTERTANKO.

“The ambitious objectives that have been set will require in the long term adequate innovative technological solutions, which are non-existent yet, as GHG emissions largely depend on the design and the technology of the constructed ships, their engines and machinery, and the fuels used for propulsion,” it states.

“So it is crucial that charterers, who have the responsibility about how ships are utilised for the transport work and speeds, along with shipbuilders, engine manufacturers, and fuel suppliers also get involved in IMO’s deliberations.”

Published: 8 March, 2019

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