Changes To US FONAR Reporting Procedure for Non‐Availability of Compliant Fuel

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IMO will soon introduce a new FONAR template and the US EPA already stopped accepting Fuel Oil Non‐Availability Reports, updates Viswa Lab in its latest technical update.

New FONAR format

As per USCG Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB 005‐19), effective June 30th, 2019 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stopped accepting Fuel Oil Non‐Availability Reports (FONAR’s). 

A new formal FONAR template is yet to be introduced by the IMO.

How to notify till then?

If ship owners and operators are unable to source fuel with sulfur content of 0.10% or less for use in the North American or Caribbean Sea ECA’s, they must now notify the competent authority of the relevant port of destination by notifying the USCG Captain of the Port (COTP). 

Until the IMO introduces a new template, USCG has suggested that ships use the format provided in Annex to PPR/6/8/2 “Consistent Implementation of Regulation 14.1.3 of MARPOL Annex VI: Proposed Template to report compliant fuel oil non‐availability”. 

Contact details

The contact details for each of the ports are available at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port‐ directory/houston‐galveston 

To assist with questions related to 2020 fuels Viswa has started and in‐house ‘Working Group’. You can reach us at [email protected] 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like your VLSFO’s tested. 

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Source: Viswa Group

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