IMO to ban carriage of non-compliant fuels

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.”


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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