IMO’s Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers, held its 6th session on 9-13 September, focused on launching new initiatives to enable the use of methanol and ethanol as fuel, as well as the use of fuel cells, to meet IMO’s climate strategy.
Compliance with 2020 sulphur cap is more than simply switching to a low sulphur fuel. HSFO, the fuel that was used so far but now will be inappropriate unless there are scrubbers installed, is primarily based on residual fuel and tends to adhere to the inside of fuel tanks. As such, a proper tank cleaning becomes necessary.
The Union of Greek Ship Owners applauds MSC’s 101 decision on adopting an action plan for mandatory measures to enhance the safety of ships relating to the use of fuel oil, recommending as a matter of urgency governments to take action against oil fuel suppliers in confirmed cases of deliveries of fuel oil that does not comply with the minimum flashpoint as required by the SOLAS Convention.
The UK P&I Club released guidance to ensure safe bunkering operations. The Club said that bunkering operations are routine and critical, high risk operations which require to be carefully planned and performed. Safe bunkering measures are divide in Pre-arrival; Prior to bunkering; During bunkering; On Completion.
The 5th session of the IMO’s sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 5) last week has completed draft interim guidelines for the safety of ships using methanol as fuel, setting them on course for formal approval by the IMO’s MSC in 2020.
Ahead of the IMO global sulphur cap, entering into force in 2020 and expected to dramatically change the fuel landscape in the maritime industry, American oil major ExxonMobil has published best practice tips to help operators switch to low sulphur fuels, while maintaining a vessel’s safe and reliable operation.
Following continued bunker issues in the US Gulf, the UK Club published a short FAQ in conjunction with Brookes Bell. These claims appear to relate to fuel bunkered late March-May this year, with the problems manifest variously in the form of sticking and seizure of fuel injection system components and blocking of fuel filters.
LNG bunkering safety risk aspects have been discussed in a large extent. The design of safe LNG systems and operations requires a deep understanding of LNG safety aspects, accident scenarios, and development of safeguards to prevent LNG release, ignition or fire escalation. However, LNG safety depends on a number of different aspects.
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