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Trident Alliance: Fuel carriage ban ‘critical’ to IMO 2020 success

10 Oct 2018

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


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