Tough Stance from Port State Control on IMO 2020 Enforcement


Authorities of the Tokyo and Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control will take a firm line in enforcing the IMO 2020 fuel sulfur limits, says an article published in Marine Log.

Firm in enforcing the IMO 2020 

Member authorities of the Tokyo and Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control are again signaling that they will take a firm line in enforcing 

  • the IMO 2020 fuel sulfur limits and
  • the carriage ban of non-compliant fuel by ships not fitted with an exhaust gas cleaning system (ECGS).

Information campaign 

The secretariats of the two bodies note that their member authorities have been issuing letters to vessels since the beginning of 2019, reminding them of the new requirements and the date of application.

During this information campaign the awareness among ships’ crew proved to be high, especially with respect to the requirements entering into force on January 1, 2020.

“Emphasis is therefore placed on the requirements entering into force on March 1, 2020 prohibiting the carriage of non-compliant fuel, for use on ships not equipped with EGCSs.” 

MEPC 73 consensus

Sulphur cap and carriage ban

It notes that at the October 2018 session of IMO’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC 73), “the consensus was that there was no need to request port state control authorities to adopt a ‘practical and pragmatic’ approach as compliance was expected. Therefore both Memoranda agreed that the requirements in relation to the implementation of the 0.50% m/m sulphur cap will be applied without exception. This includes the carriage ban on non-compliant fuel from March 1 2020.”


“From March 1, 2020 non-compliant fuel can only be carried on board, for use on the ship, where the vessel is fitted with an EGCS. In instances where compliant fuel cannot be obtained a Fuel Oil Non-Availability Report (FONAR) must be submitted to the flag state and the competent authority in the next port of call.”

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Source: Marine Log


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