Intertanko launched a guide providing shipowners with information concerning proper cleaning of bunker tanks which had in the past stored high sulphur fuel oil, in preparation of the upcoming 2020 sulphur cap, keeping in mind that ships will sail using low sulphur fuel oil.
After recent reports about fuel contamination at the Port of Houston initially, and then in Panama and Singapore, Intertanko blamed maritime authorities that they have not taken enough action to tackle this problem, which has caused issues to many ships. As a result, Intertanko fears that this will become a global epidemic.
BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and WSC, called the IMO to advance on challenges regarding the global sulphur cap, to avoid risking safety or unfairly penalise individual ships. The trade associations have submitted a number of proposals to IMO, aiming to help smooth the implementation of the global 0.5% sulphur.
Leading environmental organisations and global shipping industry players have called for an explicit prohibition on the carriage of non-compliant marine fuels when the 2020 sulphur cap takes effect. In a joint statement, they assert that a carriage ban will help ensure robust, simplified and consistent enforcement of the global sulphur cap.
ICS and INTERTANKO have jointly issued a call for the upcoming MEPC to to agree in principal than a final date for the 0.5% sulphur limit should be made during the 70th MEPC session.IMO MEPC 69th and 70th sessions will be held between April 18-22 2016 and October 24 to 28, 2016, respectively.
Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) expressed reservations about some of the proposed revisions to the international ISO 8217 specifications of marine fuels. Both VPS and INTERTANKO believe that proposed changes may undercut the efforts of the shipping industry toward improving fuel quality.
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