Paris and Tokyo MoUs start issuing sulphur cap warning letters

The maritime authorities of the Paris and the Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control have started issuing letters of warning from the start of this year on the sulphur content of marine fuels during inspections in order to increase awareness of and to encourage timely compliance with the new 0.5% requirements set to kick in on January 1 next year.

The two bodies said the early warnings were designed to facilitate a “smooth and consistent implementation of the global 2020 sulphur cap”.

“The aim is to increase awareness of the ships’ crew and company,” the two bodies stated in a release.

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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