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Indonesia confirms to INTERTANKO compliance with IMO 2020

19 Aug 2019
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Shipping association INTERTANKO on Friday (16 August) published a statement clarifying Indonesia’s position on IMO 2020; contrary to the country’s earlier stance, it will now comply with the new global 0.5% sulphur limit for marine fuels.

The following update has been shared with the readers of Manifold Times courtesy of INTERTANKO:

Indonesia has confirmed to INTERTANKO that, contrary to recent media reports, it will indeed fulfil its MARPOL Annex VI obligations to enforce the 0.50% sulphur cap regulations from 1 January 2020 – a decision that was shared with INTERTANKO by the Indonesian Directorate General of Sea Transportation (DGST) in a bilateral meeting on 9 August 2019 in Jakarta.

DGST pointed out that Indonesia’s legal position was published via Article 36 of Republic of Indonesia’s Minister for Transportation Regulation No. 29 of 2014, on Prevention of Maritime Pollution. Article 36 stated that sulphur content in fuel must meet requirements with a maximum value of 0.5% m/m from 1 January 2020.

Responding to INTERTANKO’s request for clarification on a DGST circular dated 30 October 2018 which suggested that Indonesia would delay the sulphur cap implementation in its territorial waters, DGST duly confirmed that they will issue a new circular detailing their plans to implement the sulphur cap regulation from 1 January 2020, and so superseding the previous circular.

Availability of fuel
Marine Fuel Oil that is 0.50% sulphur-compliant, with a viscosity of 160cst, is available at the Ports of Balikpapan and Tanjung Priok, while 0.50% sulphur-compliant diesel fuel is available at all Indonesian ports. DGST highlighted that Indonesia’s regulation requires the diesel fuel to comply with their “B20” requirements i.e. 20% to comprise of bio-diesel (from palm oil) and 80% from petroleum diesel.

Indonesia has yet to decide on whether they will ban wash water from exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS or ‘scrubbers’). DGST confirmed that some 15 Indonesian ports will have reception facilities able to accept wastes from scrubbers.

Contact: Elfian Harun and Gilyong Han

Source: INTERTANKO
Published: 19 August, 2019

 

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