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IMO: 2020 sulphur cap implementation date ‘unchanged’

26 Sep 2018

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) will be sticking to 1 January 2020 to introduce the new lower 0.50% limit on sulphur in ships’ fuel, says its Head of Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency, Marine Environment Division at the Asia Pacific Petroleum Conference (APPEC).

Edmund Hughes noted the 1 January 2020 implementation date was confirmed by IMO in October 2016, giving certainty to refineries, bunkering and shipping sectors.

The IMO, meanwhile, has been working with Member States and the industry to support implementation of the new limit, it says.

“The upcoming IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 73) (22-26 October) is expected to approve ship implementation planning guidance as well as best practice guides for Member States/coastal States and for fuel oil suppliers,” it notes in a statement.

“The MEPC is also expected to adopt a complementary MARPOL amendment aimed at supporting implementation of the 1 January 2020 0.50% limit. The amendment will prohibit the carriage of non-compliant fuel oil – unless the ship has an exhaust gas cleaning system (scrubber) fitted.”

Moving forward, the IMO expects most ships to utilise new blends of fuel oil to meet the 0.50% limit on sulphur in fuel oil.

The upcoming sulphur regulation also allows for ships to meet the requirement by alternative means, such as scrubbers, which allows the ship to continue using high sulphur fuel oil as the scrubber “cleans” the emission on the ship.

Photo credit: International Maritime Organization
Published: 26 September, 2018


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