Maritime Organization has agreed to move forward with a proposed ban on the
carriage of high sulphur marine fuel once new low sulphur fuel requirements
come into force in 2020.
regulations coming into effect January 1, 2020, ships will be banned from
burning any marine fuel with a sulphur content above 0.5% unless they are
fitted with an approved “equivalent arrangement”, such as an exhaust gas
cleaning system, aka “scrubbers”.
The aim of
the new limit is to reduce sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions from ships to improve
air quality and protect the environment.
meeting of IMO’s Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR),
which was held this week in London, the sub-committee agreed to draft
amendments to the MARPOL Convention on the prevention of pollution from ships
that would prohibit the carriage of non-compliant fuel oil, meaning any fuel
exceeding the .5% sulphur content would be prohibited on board, with the
exception of ships fitted with scrubbers.
Shipping Coalition has welcomed the amendments saying that they plug the
loophole in implementing the regulations making it impossible for the
unscrupulous ship operators not to comply with the new rules when they are out
of sight on the high seas.
the view, John Maggs, senior policy advisor at Seas At Risk and president of
the CSC had remarked that the amendments are important development. . “Banning
the carriage of non-compliant fuel will make it considerably more difficult for
unscrupulous ship operators to ignore the rule, burn cheaper non-compliant
fuel, and escape serious sanction. This decision, which must be confirmed by
the IMO in April, will mean a cleaner environment and fewer premature deaths
from ship air pollution.”
Sub-Committee has now forwarded the proposed draft amendments to the Marine
Environment Protection Committee for consideration at its meeting in April
2018. If approved, the draft amendments could be adopted by October 2018 and
enter into force on 1 March 2020, just two months after the 0.50% limit comes