Taiwan fined four ships NT$ 100,000 each, which is around USD$ 3,300, for violating the new emissions control area (ECA) regulations, according to local media citing a note from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
2020 sulphur cap
IMO’s Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) will conduct a meeting on 18 to 22 February to IMO’s headquarters, London. IMO’s agenda includes MARPOL Annex VI guidelines, safety measures on reducing the risks of use and carriage of heavy fuel oil, as well as measures aiming to decrease the impact on the Arctic of Black Carbon emissions from international shipping.
Scrubbers are an accepted equivalent measure from compliance with thee IMO 2020 sulphur cap. crubbers have divided the shipping industry, while ports around are analyzing their impact in their waters. In the latest development, MPA Singapore will ban the discharge of wash water from open-loop scrubbers, as from January 1, 2020.
The Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response, being held from 5-9 February, forwarded the proposed draft amendments to the MEPC 72 meeting in April 2018, for urgent consideration. Once approved by MEPC 72, the draft amendments could be adopted at MEPC 73 and could enter into force in March 2020.
MoEP inspectors discovered the pollution in July 2015, when they saw a large sulphur stain that had spread from a ship that was anchored.
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