Non-compliant fuel carriage ban enters into force

Following a relatively smooth implementation of the main part of the IMO 2020 regulation, the next level of the non-compliant fuel carriage ban has now entered into force. Starting from 1st March 2020, ships are banned from even carrying fuel that contains a sulphur content higher than 0.5%, unless there is a scrubber installed. 

Owners urged to prepare for March 2020 fuel carriage ban

As the 1st March deadline for the implementation of the non-compliant fuel carriage ban approaches, shipping law firm Hill Dickinson advises ship operators to start planning now to debunker any remaining high sulphur fuel in good time.

IBIA confirms high level of IMO 2020 readiness among companies

During a visit to Copenhagen in mid-January, IBIA met with several global shipping and bunkering companies who had all started their planning and preparations to be “IMO 2020 ready” at least two years ago, validating a smooth transition to IMO 2020. 

MARPOL Annex VI effects on non-compliant vessels

Steamship Mutual attempts to examine how compliance to the Global Sulphur Cap is to be determined; what procedures will apply and what will be used to ascertain whether bunkers on board and the operation of the ship are compliant, in relation to vessels without scrubbers or other equivalent means of compliance by reference to the IMO Guidelines available.

IMO Sec-Gen: Smooth transition into 2020 sulphur cap

Following the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap implementation in January 1 2020, IMO’s Secretary General Kitack Lim commented that the transition towards the regulation has been smooth, alerting that the next target – carrying non-compliant fuel oil on board ships – is rapidly approaching.

Paris MoU, Tokyo MoU: No exception on implementation of fuel carriage ban

Paris and Tokyo MoUs announced that the awareness among ships’ crews regarding the 2020 sulphur cap proved to be high, so emphasis is now placed on the fuel carriage ban requirements entering into force on 1st March 2020. Both Memoranda agreed that the requirements will be applied without exception. 

MPA: majority of Singapore’s suppliers have VLSFO available

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) 29 out of 45 Singapore’s licensed bunker suppliers, have readily available 0.50% sulphur fuel oil, with all expect two having IMO 2020-compliant marine gasoil (MGO). Although, there are still several reports that some shipowners are struggling to find very low sulphur fuel (VLSFO).

Compliance of policing agencies and countries for IMO 2020

Compliance is a major concern in light of the new regulations concerning pollution from shipping; whatsoever, no central policing agency as well as several countries have not signed up to them yet. Reuters reports that refiners and shipping companies are expected to spend billions of dollars in the following years in order to ensure fuel and engine compliance. Yet, as enforcement of MARPOL Annex VI, set by the UN rests with individual countries and flag states, means that for some routes and regions, compliance may be inconsistent.


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