In a recent public announcement, Greenland’s government (Naalakkersuisut) noted that it supports an IMO ban on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil by Arctic shipping. Clean Arctic Alliance endorsed the move by Greenlandic politicians to support the banning of the world’s most polluting fuel.
An IMO working group is meeting from 9 to 13 July, in order to develop guidelines to support the consistent implementation of the 0.50% limit for the sulphur content in fuel oil used on board ships from 1 January 2020. The intersessional meeting aims to develop detailed guidelines to support consistent implementation of the 0.50% limit.
During April the Marine Environment Protection Committee agreed to move forward on developing an Arctic HFO ban. The ban on the use and carriage of HFO as fuel in the Arctic was co-sponsored by eight countries: Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand.
The International Chamber of Shipping fears chaos and confusion unless the IMO resolves some serious issues concerning the successful implementation of the 2020 sulphur cap in marine fuel, which is scheduled to come into effect on 1 January 2020. This could affect the movement of the world’s energy.
IBIA’s “Best practice guidance for suppliers for assuring the quality of bunkers delivered to ships” was welcomed by the 72nd session of the IMO’s MEPC, where it was agreed that it can be a good basis for the development of IMO guidance. However, several member states raised concerns about the document.
A proposal by China to mandate specific ISO test methods for sulphur, after a proposal made by IBIA to the IMO, has won support to be further considered as the IMO consider measures to ensure uniform implementation of the 0.5% sulphur limit. China submitted that the methods should be ISO 8754:2003 or ISO 14596:2007.
The Clean Arctic Alliance calls on IMO Member States to discuss a proposal which considers “development of measures to reduce risks of use and carriage of heavy fuel oil as fuel by ships in Arctic waters”.
In response to a call from IMO, IBIA has issued a ‘Best practice guidance for suppliers for assuring the quality of bunkers delivered to ships’. The guidance represents the first time a concerted effort has been made to address procedures to safeguard and maintain bunker fuel quality control throughout the entire supply chain.
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