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MEPC 73: BIMCO ‘very satisfied’ with several developments

29 Oct 2018

World’s largest international shipping association BIMCO says it was very satisfied with several developments at the 73rd meeting of the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) at International Maritime Organization (IMO) headquarters on 22-26 October.

The two key developments highlighted by the organisation were the adoption of the ban from 1 March 2020 on carriage of non-compliant fuel, and the compromise reached on collecting data from the world fleet on fuel oil non-availability and quality without any delay in the implementation of the 2020 sulphur rules.

“We are overall very satisfied with the outcome of MEPC 73. The industry retains a fixed implementation date, which is important, while we at the same time address the safety concerns,” says Lars Robert Pedersen, BIMCO Deputy Secretary General.

IMO asked for proposals to establish necessary additions to the Global Integrated Shipping Information system (GISIS) to incorporate data from the experience ships gain on fuel oil availability and fuel quality.

“In BIMCO we will work diligently to craft proposals that will enable the shipping industry to harvest experience to reduce the risk of safety issues,” Pedersen says.

Work is already underway amongst interested parties who met during the MEPC meeting to sketch out the necessary elements that need to be addressed in a new proposal to IMO.

Carriage ban adopted

BIMCO has also been a proponent for a carriage ban of non-compliant fuel (unless the ship has a scrubber) and is pleased to see it adopted with a start date of 1 March 2020.

“A carriage ban on non-compliant fuel is critical in order for the member states to be able to enforce the sulphur regulation,” Lars Robert Pedersen says. 

The next MEPC meeting, MEPC 74, is in May 2019.

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Photo credit: BIMCO
Published: 29 October, 2018


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