IBIA and BIMCO have shared the results of their survey on bunker licensing and mass flow metering systems in a document submitted to MEPC 79.
The document MEPC 79/INF.24 highlights that the survey identified broad support among maritime industry stakeholders for the adoption of bunker licensing schemes and mass flow metering systems to improve transparency and market conditions.
Another document outlines information from fuel samples tested during 2020 especially in relation to the level of sulphur compliance for Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO), including geographical differences.
It concludes by inviting Member States to consider implementing and enforcing a licensing scheme for bunker suppliers operating within their jurisdiction to combat the high level of non-compliance in some poorer performing geographical regions.
The paper is similar to one discussed last month at the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee, where IBIA spoke in favour of effective bunker licensing schemes like the one enforced in Singapore.
The two documents are due to be discussed in plenary on December 13, and may then referred to the Working Group on Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency set up during MEPC 79 for consideration.
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