ICS Issues New Guidance Six Months Before ‘Global Sulphur Cap’

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The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), with just six months for the implementation of ‘Global Sulphur Cap’, issues updated guidance to help shipowners comply with new IMO regulations, reports ShipInsight.

The stringent IMO Regulation

Effective from 1 January 2020, the legal framework will require merchant ships worldwide to use fuel with a sulphur content of less than 0.50 percent or use alternative mitigation technologies.

Updated guidance for compliance

Guy Platten, Secretary General of ICS said that new regulations are good for human health and good for the environment. 

He added, “With just six months to go before implementation these free ICS guidelines will help shipping companies with the vital task of preparing for compliance. We strongly recommend that shipowners prepare an Implementation Plan for each of their ships using the template agreed by IMO.”

Latest IMO decisions incorporated 

The ICS guidance incorporates the latest IMO decisions addressing issues such as

  • fuel oil non-availability reporting, 
  • fuel safety and
  • fuel quality. 

The updated guidelines will help ships avoid port state control difficulties that might arise, through no fault of the operator, and enable shipowners and ships’ crews to overcome the practical challenges presented by this multi-fuel scenario.

The free resource, Compliance with the 2020 ‘Global Sulphur Cap’, contains 

  • Details of the new requirements to allow on board sampling to verify fuel oil compliance, 
  • a new section on managing different fuels, 
  • an updated FAQ and 
  • a new appendix with the IMO standard template Fuel Oil Non-Availability Report (FONAR).

Industry moving forward with uncertainties?

Guy Platten said that the industry is focused on moving forward but uncertainty remains about:

  • the worldwide availability of safe and compliant low sulphur fuels, and
  • the operational challenges associated with using them.

It is absolutely vital that everyone concerned, including governments, oil producers and bunker suppliers ensure that safe and compatible fuels will be available in every port worldwide.

The updated guidelines, which have been produced with the support of ICS’s regional partners – the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) – are available to download for free.

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Source: ShipInsight

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