New requirements for fuel oil sampling and testing have entered into force under the MARPOL Convention Annex VI, supporting the implementation and enforcement of the IMO 2020 0.50% limit for sulphur in ships’ fuel oil, said the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Monday (4 April).
The amendments are intended to support port State control and other environmental authorities, particularly those tasked with fuel sampling and testing, thereby enhancing a global level-playing-field in enforcement of IMO 2020.
The amendments were adopted by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 75) in 2020.
The amendments to MARPOL Annex VI cover:
Sulphur content definition and sampling:
Related: UK P&I: MARPOL Annex VI Amendments adopted at MEPC 75 – In effect on 1st April 2022
Related: IBIA: IMO sub-committee fails to improve clarity of 0.50% sulphur limit enforcement
Related: BIMCO ‘concerned’ on IMO suggestion to amend sulphur testing and sampling regulation
Photo credit: International Maritime Organization
Published: 6 April, 2022
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