Akshat Aurora, Senior Surveyor and Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, of The Standard Club on Tuesday (11 February) published an article on issues that the shipping industry should consider with prior to the implementation of the carriage ban on 1 March 2020:
With the IMO 2020 global sulphur cap now in force, members should bear in mind another significant date in relation to the ‘carriage ban’ – coming into force on 1 March 2020. The ban mandates that fuel oil used and carried on board ships must not exceed the 0.50% sulphur limit, unless the ship is provided with ‘equivalent’ compliance mechanism like exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS), or ‘scrubbers’.
The carriage ban may prompt increased enforcement action in the coming months, as the breach will be clearly evident to authorities, and it will be relatively straightforward for port state control officers (PSCOs) to pursue action against ships (without scrubbers) that are found to have fuel oil above the 0.50% limit in any of its tanks.
In order to comply with the carriage ban, members with ships without scrubbers will, therefore, need to ensure that any supplied fuel is in compliance with the sulphur limits set out in MARPOL Annex VI, and that any residual high sulphur fuel in the tanks does not push the limit above 0.50%.
Members are recommended to refer to the following news alerts published on the club’s website in order to prepare themselves for the carriage ban in advance of 1 March 2020 –
Alternatively, members may consider complying with the carriage ban by installing scrubbers before 1 March 2020. However, given the impact of the coronavirus outbreak in China, there have been reports of delays, and it is highly unlikely that installations will be completed in time. See here.
Claiming USD 108,887.87 for the supply and delivery of 310.00 mt of low sulphur marine gas oil at the Port of Jeddah on or about 23 February 2020.
A sanitisation expert offers Manifold Times a summary of the processes involved in disinfecting a ship together with the equipment and products used in the operation.
‘As the saying goes without people buying things, manufacturing will slow, trade will also slow and shipping movements slows down. It’s a whole chain of reaction,’ says Simon Neo.
Laboratory looking to collaborate with Singapore bunker surveyors to roll out COVID 19 testing service, which has been successfully adopted by land-based industries, to the maritime sector.
Sinfeng Marine Services filed an application to the Court of Appeal to withhold information from the liquidators on October 2019; the appeal was dismissed a month later.
‘We have already settled [the issue] with Global Energy Trading and the suit has been withdrawn/discontinued,’ a source at Bunker House Petroleum told Manifold Times.