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IMO 2020: NIMASA to enforce sulphur limit in waters

08 Nov 2018

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) says the Agency will enforce compliance to the International Maritime Organisation regulation which puts a maximum of 0.5% sulphur cap on all fuel used by vessels by the year 2020.

“The 2020 fuel challenge is geared towards energy efficiency, environmental pollution control, health as well as core regulatory enforcement issues,” said Dr. Dakuku Peterside.

“As a maritime nation, we cannot afford not to comply with the IMO standard which will also do a lot in mitigating global warming and other related environmental issues.”

He added it was in the best interest of Africa to ensure compliance considering the fact that majority of the countries on the continent do not have the technology to mitigate harmful effects of high sulphur fuel on the environment, ocean life and human life.

The NIMASA boss, meanwhile, enumerated some of the steps the agency plans to take to manage the transition and ensure compliance.

He noted NIMASA will embark on stakeholders’ engagement and liaison as well as collaboration with fuel refiners and suppliers. He also said that the Agency would have a schedule for pre-enforcement information before the commencement of the proper enforcement.

Commenting on the best way to enforce compliance, Dr Peterside said ship owners, classification societies, NGOs, fuel storage facilities, and other stakeholders will all play a part in determining modalities of ensuring compliance.

Published: 8 November, 2018

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