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India mulls domestic non-compliance of IMO 2020 regulation

06 Sep 2019
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The Ministry of Shipping, a branch of the Government of India, is considering non-compliance to the IMO 2020 sulphur regulation of its domestic shipping sector, reports The Hindu Business Line.

“We will not insist on implementing the IMO norms for ships that ply in domestic waters — in inland waterways or only along the Indian coast – in order to keep a check on the total logistics cost,” a Shipping Ministry official said, as quoted by the publication.

It noted the development was due to part of strategies by the Ministry of Shipping to keep costs low for the local shipping sector in order to increase shipping traffic along the coast and inland waterways.

The report noted of no official announcement from the Ministry of Shipping of the decision but said the Indian shipping sector was ‘confused’ on IMO 2020 non-compliance by India due to recent developments at Indonesia.

The Indian development echoed a October 2018 decision by Indonesia to allow the consumption of 3.5% sulphur limit marine fuel within its domestic shipping trade from 2020 onwards.

The Indonesian development ‘makes sense’ due to unique operational and commercial factors currently faced by the Southeast Asian country, while maritime legal expert said the country’s decision could be possible through a legal loophole.

However, an Indonesian official later confirmed to INTERTANKO in August 2019 that the country intends to “fulfil its MARPOL Annex VI obligations to enforce the 0.50% sulphur cap regulations from 1 January 2020”.

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Published: 6 September, 2019

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