What happens between 1 January 2020 and the entry into force of the amendments to MARPOL Annex VI on 1 March 2020 (the “Carriage Ban”)?

MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 14.1 stipulates that the fuel oil used on board ships may not have a sulphur content of more than 0.50% m/m as of 1 January 2020.

All ships may still carry fuel oil with a sulphur content above 0.50% m/m up until 1 March 2020 (the “Carriage Ban Date”).

The carriage of high sulphur fuel oil on board ships after 1 March 2020, is prohibited, unless the ships are fitted with a scrubber and/or the fuel oil is being carried as cargo. 




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