The U.S. is reportedly supporting the implementation of an ‘experience building phase’ for the IMO 2020 deadline, when all vessels will be required to consume marine fuel with a maximum sulphur limit of 0.5% by 2020.
“The United States supports an experience building phase, which has been proposed by several other countries, in IMO 2020 in order to mitigate the impact of precipitous fuel cost increases on consumers,” said a White House spokesman, as quoted by Reuters.
“The administration wants to ensure that IMO 2020 occurs in a manner that is not harmful to consumers and the global economy,” noted a White House spokesman, as reported by Wall Street Journal.
A paper suggesting the proposal of an ‘experience building phase’ was co-sponsored and submitted by the Bahamas, Liberia, Marshall Islands, Panama, BIMCO, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in August, 2018.
The IMO Secretary-General has earlier made it clear the 2020 deadline for a 0.5% sulphur cap on marine fuel is firm.
The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), 73rd session at IMO is scheduled to start from 22 to 26 October 2018 at its headquarters in London.
Published: 22 October, 2018
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