The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General has made it clear that the 2020 deadline for a 0.5% sulphur cap on marine fuel is firm.
The intention was made clear during the opening speech at the fifth session of the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response.
“Undoubtedly, the most important item on your agenda this week is the consistent implementation of the 0.50% m/m global limit of the sulphur content of ships’ fuel oil, which will come into effect from 1 January 2020,” said Kitack Lim.
“There is no turning back! The lower global sulphur limit will have a significant beneficial impact on the environment and on human health, particularly that of people living in port cities and coastal communities.
“Consistent implementation to all ships will ensure a level playing field is maintained, with the result that the expected improvement of the environment and human health will be achieved.
“The large number of submissions on the matter indicates its importance and significance in the minds of all parties concerned, a point reiterated by the recent combined press release from industry and environmental observer organizations.”
Photo credit: International Maritime Organization
Published: 6 February, 2018
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