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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved new guidelines on how shipowners can prepare for the global 0.50% sulphur limit, addressing potential compliant fuels safety issues and how to report Fuel Oil Non-Availability (FONAR).
What the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) and the working group accomplished last week, was to finalise and agree on a set of procedures for assessment of impact on states from the proposed short-term measures. An important stop block has thus been removed which paves the way for advancement of individual proposals. The meeting didn’t postpone anything.
Şadan Kaptanoğlu, managing director of HI Kaptanoglu Shipping, was elected President of BIMCO – the world’s largest shipping association – at its General Meeting in Athens on Tuesday 14 May.
For ships to continue to operate safely and without detention when the 2020 sulphur regulation comes into force, planning must start this year.