The 2020 0.50% sulphur limit for fuel oil used outside emission control areas will undoubtedly create operational issues for crews onboard ships. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has now issued a letter in this regard rebutting these claims.
This is the latest in a series of reports supplied by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) with the intention of keeping BIMCO members appraised of legislative developments in the US affecting international shipping. BIMCO highlights only the relevant developments that would impact members. The full CSA June report is also provided.
The Chinese government has vowed to put an end to the scrapping of ships not carrying a Chinese flag.
The Chinese Ministry of Transport has announced new regulations requiring all ships imported for domestic use, and Chinese flagged ships for international use, to be compliant with IMO Tier II emissions standards from 1 September 2018, in a bid to cut NOx emissions from diesel engines.
BIMCO and partners have submitted a paper to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), proposing ways to secure a uniform and more accurate way of interpreting results, when measuring the level of sulphur in fuel oil.
The safety challenges connected with the implementation of the 0.50% sulphur cap are numerous, but not insurmountable. The issues are to some extent known from the implementation of the sulphur emission control areas (SECA) in 2015, among others loss of power, leaking fuel and lower flashpoints. Other issues have to be managed by digging out the experience from the 1980’s with very bad fuel oil quality e.g. instability and incompatibility.
BIMCO has drafted a standard form which can provide documentation for shipowners unable to buy compliant fuel in a port. The standard will be discussed at the Intersessional meeting the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in July.
The Chinese government is planning to expand the country’s Emission Control Areas (ECA) in a bid to cut emissions from the shipping industry further and enhance environmental protection.
It is a daunting task so prepare a fleet of ships for the sulphur regulations. Therefore, BIMCO has, together with the partners behind a new IMO-proposal, made a draft for an implementation plan for achieving compliance with the 0.5% global sulphur cap. The plan has the additional purpose of showing the good faith of the ship operator during inspections.
BIMCO argues for clear regulations for when and where the samples for fuel in use are taken. The current proposal for sulphur content sampling of fuel on ships would require extensive fitting of new sampling points.