The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved and published guidelines for port state control (PSC) under MARPOL Annex VI, which gives Technical departments, HSEQ departments and ship crews an indication of what to expect by PSC from 1 January 2020.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved and published the revised guidelines for on board sampling for the verification of the sulphur content of the fuel oil used on board ships. Furthermore, guidance on verification procedures for fuel oil samples drawn in accordance with MARPOL Annex VI has also been released.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved and published a unified interpretation to MARPOL Annex VI in relation to applying the 2020 sulphur requirements to onboard emergency equipment.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has released guidance on what action ships, flag states and port state control authorities should take if malfunction of an exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) - also known as a scrubber - is detected.
You won’t find many – if any – who disagree that the higher the speed of a ship, the higher the level of greenhouse gas emissions. So why would I argue that, while imposing speed limits may have a popular ring to it, it is not the answer as the industry seeks to cut emissions? After all, our mission is to do exactly that: cut emissions.
Poor quality bunkers and the incident of contaminated fuel in Houston last year has sparked fears of this happening to any shipowner and operator, as 1 January 2020 approaches. But, with seven months to go before the deadline, planning how to maintain segregation when the new 0.50% fuel starts coming on board, ought to be a more immediate concern.
The Bulletin met with Frederick Kenney, Director of Legal and External Affairs at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), to talk about why there is no chance that the 2020 sulphur limit deadline will be pushed, what will happen if ships experience operational problems because of the new fuels, and why regulation of open-loop scrubbers should be consistent rather than regional.
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).
Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) publish regular Bunker Alerts based entirely on fuel samples and have kindly permitted BIMCO’s Members to access this information.
The Bunker Alerts are not intended to be an evaluation of overall bunker quality in the port or area concerned, but usually highlight a specific parameter within the fuel which has raised a quality issue.