In light of the 2020 sulphur cap, the frequency of PSC taking spot samples of a ship’s fuel oil to verify its sulphur content is expected to increase significantly after 1 January 2020 and shipowners should prepare their ships and crew accordingly.
The 2020 sulphur cap, a MARPOL Annex VI requirement, enters into force on 1 January 2020, less than nine months away. In this regard, Sammy Smallbone, Lawyer at Gard AS provided recommendations for managing the transition where the strategy is to use conventional compliant fuel.
Gard P&I Club focuses on contaminated bunkers and how to protect the purchaser. Namely, the Club sheds light on the bunker supplier and the supply contract and provides a summary of the current situation. Gard mentioned that bunker quality disputes can be very lengthy, costly and complex but can be avoided with a right decision.
As of 1 October 2018, ships operating in China’s Yangtze River Delta domestic ECA can no longer use fuel with a sulphur content exceeding 0.5%, unless a scrubber is installed, Gard Club said citing information by Chinese regional authorities of Shanghai, Zhejiang and Jiangsu Provinces.
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The use of mass flow meters is mandatory for all fuel oil deliveries in Singapore, as of 1 January 2017. However, issues related to bunker quantity remain prevalent, according to Gard P&I Club. In this context, the Club presents some issues faced by operators, when taking bunkers in Singapore, following the implementation of the MFM requirements.
Ships taking deliveries of marine fuel oil in Singapore can from 1 January 2017 rely on quantity figures recorded by the bunker barge’s mass flow metering system, reducing the possibility of quantity disputes.The Gard P&I Club advises operators to revisit their onboard bunkering procedures and checklists well in advance of the effective date and pay particular attention to the Chief Engineer’s, or his representative’s, duties.
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