IMO Looking Forward to a Decision on Start Date for Global 0.50% Sulfur Cap for Bunkers

Lim Ki-tack

IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70) is this week discussing proposals to adopt a mandatory regulation for ships to record and report their fuel consumption.

The requirements for ships to record and report their fuel consumption were approved at the last session.

Also on the agenda is a decision on the implementation date (2020 or 2025) for the global 0.50% m/m sulphur cap for fuel oil.

With the Ballast Water Management Convention entering into force in September 2017, implementation of the treaty will be under consideration. The MEPC is expected to consider revised Guidelines for approval of ballast water management systems.

Also up for discussion are proposals to designate a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) in Papua New Guinea and to designate the North Sea and Baltic Sea as emission control areas for nitrogen oxides (NOx).

The MEPC was opened by Secretary-General Kitack Lim and is being chaired by Arsenio Dominguez (Panama).

Mr. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), in his opening address of the seventieth session of the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC 70), said he was looking forward to a decision being made this week on whether a global 0.50 percent sulfur cap for marine fuel will come into force in 2020 or 2025.

Lim said: “You will also be considering the global sulphur cap implementation date based on the review of fuel oil availability as required by regulation 14.8 of MARPOL Annex VI, taking into account the final report of the Steering Committee established at MEPC 68. I would like to thank members of the Steering Committee which was ably led by its coordinator, Mr. Harry Conway of Liberia.

“Your Committee agreed at its last session, in principle, to take a decision at MEPC 70 on the implementation date and I look forward to the results of your deliberations and your decision so that the shipping and refinery industries and other stakeholders can plan ahead.”

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