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North P&I Club shares IMO 2020 impact encountered by members

07 Jan 2020
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The North P&I Club on Monday (6 January) shared with Manifold Times the IMO 2020 issues most commonly encountered by its members.
“Considering how many vessels we have entered with North, I think that the number of issues that we have received is relatively small so,” said Tiejha Smyth, Deputy Director (FD&D), North P&I Club.
“However, it is possible that some members are dealing with issues that they have not notified us about.”
Most common IMO 2020 issues:

  • Sulphur content issues – initial testing showing sulphur content to be higher than that noted on the Bunker Delivery Notes.  This issue is made more complicated because of the IMO’s guidelines on sampling and testing.
  • Redelivery disputes concerning bunker types and quantities to be on board on redelivery.
  • Charterparty disputes relating to preparing vessels for compliance:
  • Vessels significantly and unexpectedly delayed in ECA areas with large quantities of HSFO on board, not enough VLSFO/LSMGO and no compliant fuel available)
  • Discharge of HSFO before carriage ban
  • Bunker tank cleaning
  • Supply of VLSFO

Other issues:

  • Delayed scrubber installations – disputes with yards and under charterparties
  • Defective scrubber installations – disputes with yards
  • Bunker quality issues e.g. cat fines – disputes with bunker suppliers and under charterparties
  • Non-availability of fuel – disputes under charterparties

“Going forward, we anticipate that there will be many more disputes concerning bunker availability, quality, and sulphur content,” concludes Smyth.
“We also anticipate disputes concerning scrubber breakdowns and preparing vessels for the carriage ban on 01 March 2020. However, it’s still too early to call.”
Photo credit: North P&I Club
Published: 7 January, 2020


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