IMO's 2020 sulphur cap is expected to enter into force on 1 January 2020, mandating that ships' fuel contains no more than 0.5% m/m of sulphur. The implementation of the global 2020 sulphur cap will have considerable implications on ship operators, the fuel oil supply chain and the industry as a whole.
For the purpose of facilitating smooth and consistent implementation of the global 2020 sulphur cap, the Paris and the Tokyo Memoranda will carry out a joint information campaign by issuing a letter of warning to ships during inspections from 1 January to 31 December 2019. The aim is to increase awareness of the ships’ crew and company on the matter and to remind and encourage compliance with Regulations 14 (*1,*2) and 18 of MARPOL Annex VI from 1 January 2020.
The letter of warning will be issued to ships found not yet ready for compliance with the 2020 sulphur cap. The following check boxes indicate the areas investigated:
- SOx records □
- Sulphur oxides □
- Sulphur content of fuel used □
- Alternative arrangements (SOx) □
Moving further, from 1 January 2020, PSC Officers will put further emphasis on the following items:
- That the ship carries on board fuel oil with a sulphur content depending on the area of operation
- There are records of the bunker delivery notes (BDNs) and associated samples or records thereof are kept onboard
- There are written procedures on board covering fuel oil change over operations where appropriate
- That the Master and ship’s personnel are familiar with essential fuel oil management procedures
- That the ship has an appropriate approval for any installed exhaust gas cleaning systems, or equivalent means, if required.