The BIMCO 2020 Marine Fuel Sulphur Content Clause stipulates that charterers should select bunker suppliers and barge operators who are also obliged to comply with MARPOL Annex VI. The BIMCO Bunker Terms 2018 not only provide a fair and harmonised set of terms and conditions for buying bunkers but also offer a 30-day time bar on quality claims (unlike the much shorter time bars in supplier’s own terms which could cause problems when the new fuels start to be used).
The INTERTANKO Bunker Compliance Clause likewise provides that bunker suppliers shall comply with MARPOL Annex VI. Parties may also consider inserting appropriate indemnity provisions into their bunker supply contract. The INTERTANKO MARPOL ANNEX VI Clause for Bunker Supply Contracts may be added to any bunker supply terms that do not already refer to MARPOL Annex VI requirements. This clause requires bunker suppliers to warrant they comply with MARPOL Annex VI, including the provisions relating to bunker delivery notes and sampling.