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IMO: New requirements for fuel oil sampling and testing have entered into force

06 Apr 2022

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:

  • Amendments  to MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 2 ‘Definitions’, to include new definitions for “Sulphur content of fuel oil” – meaning the concentration of sulphur in any fuel oil, measured in % m/m as tested in accordance with standard acceptable to the Organization; “Low-flashpoint fuel”, to mean gaseous or liquid fuel having a flashpoint lower than otherwise permitted under paragraph 2.1.1 of SOLAS regulation II-2/4; “MARPOL delivered sample”, to mean the sample of fuel oil delivered in accordance with regulation 18.8.1 of MARPOL Annex VI; “In-use sample”, to mean the sample of fuel oil in use on a ship; and “On board sample”, to mean the sample of fuel oil intended to be used or carried for use on board that ship.
  • Fuel oil sampling and testing – amendments to Regulation 14 ‘Sulphur oxides (SOX) and particulate matter’, to add new paragraphs related to in-use and onboard fuel oil sampling and testing, to add new paragraphs to require one or more sampling points to be fitted or designated for the purpose of taking representative samples of the fuel oil being used or carried for use on board the ship. The representative samples of the fuel oil being used on board are to be taken in order to verify the fuel oil complies with the regulation.
  • Appendix I, amendments to the International Air Pollution Prevention (IAPP) certificate – Consequential amendments to update the IAPP certificate to add a reference to sampling points and also to note where there is an exemption to the provision for low-flashpoint fuel.
  • Appendix VI on the Fuel verification procedure for MARPOL Annex VI fuel oil samples – consequential amendments to verification procedures, to cover verification of the representative samples of in-use fuel oil and on board fuel oil.

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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