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Low-sulphur shipping fuel under the spotlight

Sulphur emissions on the agenda at IMO London event Governments and industry representatives met in London on 10 September 2013 to discuss the future availability of low-sulphur fuel which will drive down pollution from shipping. The requirements of MARPOL Annex VI for low sulphur fuel were the main theme of the event hosted by U.K. shipping minister Stephen Hammond MP and IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu at the IMO headquarters as part of the London International Shipping Week.In 2008 the UN's International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed measures to limit polluting sulphur emissions from shipping.The sulphur limit for fuel used in seas other than specially designated emission control areas, which have stricter limits, is currently 3.50%, and will be reduced to 0.50% from 1 January 2020 - subject to a review of the availability of 0.50% sulphur fuel.According toUK Department of Transport representatives of maritime nations and international industry associations attended the event at which the hosts stressed the importance of dispelling the uncertainty which surrounds the start date for the review and highlighted a way forward.Mr Sekimizu saidhis comments are directly related to the theme of this year, sustainable development and sustainability of shipping. "The revised Annex VI of the MARPOL ...

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Environmental Protection Agency to increase ECA enforcement

Max sulphur content permissible is to be reduced to 0.1% by 2015 The United States Environmental Enforcement Agency (EPA) has announced that it will trial vessel fly-overs to monitor compliance with MARPOL Annex VI.Initially undergoing trials in the upper Chesapeake Bay area, it is expected that the fly-over program will be extended to include other areas which fall under the North America Emission Control Area (NA ECA).The fly-overs will be monitoring and testing emissions from vessels to ensure the fuel oil being used on board contains less than 1% maximum sulphur content, as required by the ECA.The North American ECA has been in force since 1st August 2012. The maximum sulphur content permissible is to be reduced even further (to 0.1%) by 1st January 2015.The new fly-over trials support further targeting by EPA and USCG to ensure vessels are compliant with the MARPOL Annex VI rules as the one year anniversary of the ECA implementation approaches.Source : UK P&I CLUB

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