The Trident Alliance, a coalition of Shipping owners and operators, believes the adoption without delay of IMO’s ‘Carriage ban’ on non-compliant fuel is critical to the successful implementation of the 2020 0.50% global sulphur cap.
“The Trident Alliance stands firm on the need for robust and effective enforcement and views the carriage ban on non-compliant fuel as a very strong tool to secure that outcome,” says Chair, Roger Strevens.
“After 1st January 2020 it is not necessary to have high sulphur fuel in the fuel tanks of vessels without scrubbers installed. Therefore, the Trident Alliance cannot accept any postponement of the carriage ban. We strongly urge all Member States to stand firm on this.”
As such, the Trident Alliance recommends IMO Member States to formally adopt the carriage ban on non-compliant fuels for implementation in 2020 at MEPC 73 in 22-26 October 2018.
Further, the group alleged there are now attempts to defer implementation of the carriage ban due to uncertainty over fuel attributes.
“The carriage ban on non-compliant fuel strengthens the hand of enforcement authorities by removing the requirement to prove that a vessel has been using non-compliant fuel,” it states.
“Just having it in any fuel tank on board, unless the vessel has a scrubber, will be a breach of the regulation. This provides a needed shift in the burden of proof, making enforcement easier and stronger.”
Photo credit: International Maritime Organization
Published: 10 October, 2018
Universal Alliance, BMS United, Digiland International, Goodwood Associates, Southernpec (Singapore), and Taigu Energy were involved in alleged circular fictitious trades of fuel oil during July 2015.
Bunker orders of ISO 8217:2010 spec LS 380 cSt 0.5% for Nord Gemini, Nord Titan, Ocean Rosemary, and Luzern were placed through global commodities trading and logistics house Trafigura Pte Ltd.
While Covid-19 concerns are important, Captain Rahul Choudhuri was quick to note this does not mean bunker fuel related issues have indeed disappeared from the shipping sector.
‘Therefore, representing the players of the Malaysian bunker industry, we sincerely hope that this matter can be refined and reconsidered immediately so that all parties benefit together,’ says communication.
Maureen Poh, a Director of Helmsman LLC, offers plain practical tips on the differences between US and EU Sanctions and shares some thoughts on what companies could do if they are potentially exposed to sanctioned entities.
‘We [Consort Bunkers] have the opinion that the bunker business in Singapore is not related to the widely reported earlier cargo commodity trading mishaps,’ company source tells Manifold Times.