Filipino shipowners seek sulphur cap delay

The Philippines is the latest nation to admit IMO 2020 jitters. The Filipino Shipowners Association (FSA) has warned the domestic shipping sector may not be ready to comply with the global sulphur cap, which starts in exactly three weeks. The country joins the likes of India, Indonesia and Russia to have expressed sulphur cap concerns this year.

FSA chairman and president Dario Alampay told local media today that there was not enough compliant fuel oil across the archipelago. Alampay, who heads up local shipping lines Westwind Shipping Corporation and Baliwag Navigation, has asked Filipino authorities seek a delay from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in the local implementation of the sulphur cap, a regulation that was voted for at IMO headquarters more than four years ago.

Alampay suggested oil refineries ought to be fined, not owners, if they are found to not be supplying enough quantities of low sulphur fuel come the start of next year.

The IMO has repeatedly stressed throughout the year that there will be no delays to the start of the sulphur cap, hailed by many as the greatest fuel change in maritime transport for the past 100 years.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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