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UK P&I: MARPOL Annex VI Amendments adopted at MEPC 75 – In effect on 1st April 2022

25 Jan 2022

The UK P&I on Thursday (20 January) issued a notice informing of certain amendments to MARPOL Annex VI taking effect on 1 April 2022 onwards.

These amendments were decided on the outcome of IMO’s MEPC 75 which took place remotely from 16-20 November 2020; a detailed summary of the changes can be obtained in full here.

In short, the amendments to MARPOL Annex VI are:

Strengthening of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) “phase 3” requirements

This amendment brought forward the entry into effect date of phase 3 from 2025 to 1 April 2022 for several ship types including gas carriers, general cargo ships and LNG carriers. As such, ships built (with their keels laid) on or after 1 April 2022, must be significantly more energy efficient than the baseline.

New provisions for fuel oil sampling, testing and verification

Amendments to Regulation 14, ‘Sulphur oxides (SOX) and particulate matter’, to require one or more sampling points to be fitted or designated for the purpose of taking representative samples of fuel oil in use, were approved. Ships built (with their keels laid) on or after 1 April 2022 must have fitted or designated sampling points for taking samples of fuel oil in use.

 

Photo credit: International Maritime Organization
Source: UK P&I Club
Published: 25 January, 2022

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