An amendment to support consistent implementation of the forthcoming 0.50% limit on sulphur in ships fuel oil was adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Friday, the final day of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 73).
The new 0.50% limit (reduced from 3.50% currently) on sulphur in ships’ fuel oil will be in force from January 1 2020.
The complementary MARPOL amendment will prohibit the carriage of non-compliant fuel oil for combustion purposes for propulsion or operation on board a ship – unless the ship has an scrubber fitted.
The complementary amendment is expected to enter into force on March 1 2020.
Commenting on the news from IMO, Soren Toft, COO of A.P. Moller – Maersk, said: “The adoption of the carriage ban on non-compliant fuels is a major milestone and will secure a robust enforcement tool for all member states. Robust enforcement is key to make sure that all stakeholders follows the set rules. The decision will also give the needed clarity for everyone to focus on preparing for the global sulphur cap, time is of the essence with a little bit more than a year to go.”
Good news for environment and health from #MEPC73 as so-called “carriage ban” adopted. No heavy fuel oil allowed on board after 1 March 2020 unless ship has scrubber #IMO2020 #cleanair https://t.co/R2VgnSE0bd
— IMO (@IMOHQ) October 28, 2018
Implementation of #sulfurcap 2020 limit – carriage ban adopted –
A welcome desicion at Maersk, where preparations are well underway ensuring compliance of 750 vessels to assist our customers with their supply chains under the new circumstances: https://t.co/4smIcHWIJM#IMO2020 pic.twitter.com/OcD4pmrIVA
— Maersk (@Maersk) October 27, 2018
Major step forward and great example of IMO Member States taking responsibility for the proper enforcement of the regulation they themselves adopted. Transitional period towards 2020 has started and preparation by all stakeholders is ?#dkgreen #IMO2020 https://t.co/dn0SlUIRYu
— Maria Skipper Schwenn (@maria_skipper) October 26, 2018