IMO SDC 6: Polar safety measures for fishing vessels and yachts

IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 6), which took place on 4-8 February 2019, considered a first set of draft recommendations for fishing vessels and pleasure yachts operating in Polar waters, but are not already covered by the mandatory Polar Code, the so-called ‘non-SOLAS’ ships.

IMO SDC6 introduces SOLAS amendment for safer mooring

As part of its work to make ships mooring safer, IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 6), which took place on 4-8 February 2019, introduced new requirements for appropriate and safe-to-use designs of mooring arrangements, a maintenance and inspection regime, as well as proper documentation.

IMO Sec-Gen reiterates need for more women in shipping

Women’s full and meaningful participation in the economy, political decision-making and society is key to addressing maritime challenges, said IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim in his welcoming address to the 6th session of the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR6). 

IMO focuses on the role of ports to achieve emissions reduction

The role of ports in achieving emissions reductions was highlighted at the Future Port congress, Bilbao, Spain, from 12 to 14 February. Ports are considered key players in the maritime transport system when it comes to meeting ambitious emissions reduction. In fact, IMO’s initial greenhouse gas strategy recognizes that shipping and ports are closely linked.

PPR 6 starts discussions with focus on 2020 sulphur cap

IMO’s Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response meets this week, from 18 to 22 February at IMO headquarters. The meeting will focus on finalizing draft Guidelines on the implementation of the 0.50% sulphur limit under MARPOL Annex VI. The Guidelines aim to help the preparations for uniform implementation of the lower limit for sulphur content in ships’ fuel oil.

Clean Arctic Alliance: PPR 6 must focus on Arctic HFO ban

As the meeting of IMO’s Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 6) opens today in London, the Clean Arctic Alliance called on Member States to give emphasis to the target of establishing a ban on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil by shipping in the Arctic. The actual adoption of the ban is expected to take place on 2021, with the industry making its decision on what fuels it will use during 2022. The ban will apply in 2023.

Bureau Veritas releases fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reporting app

Bureau Veritas announced the release of ‘Phase 2’ of My Fuel Consumption. This in an online tool to enable compliance with fuel consumption regulations, namely IMO DCS and the EU’s monitoring, reporting and verification requirements. My Fuel Consumption is a cloud based web application available on desktop, mobile and tablet.

Maersk partners with PBF on compliant fuel deal

Maersk is collaborating with PBF Logistics, to deliver 10% of its annual fuel demand ahead of the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 global sulphur regulation. The deal focuses on the two companies to process crude oil at CPI Operations LLC, a PBF Logistics LP terminal facility in New Jersey.

BIMCO: Fourth IMO GHG study must be based on realistic economic growth

BIMCO suggested that the Fourth IMO Greenhouse Gas Study should not include unrealistically high gross domestic product growth projections to predict future transport demand and the emissions of the shipping industry. The proposal has been made to the workshop preparing for the study, which is meeting in London 12-14 March.


The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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