ICS: Compliant Fuels May Need to Be Ordered as of Mid-2019

ContainershipIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license

Shipping companies may need to start ordering compliant fuels from as early as the middle of 2019 in preparation for the upcoming sulphur cap regulation, according to the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

Apart from the need to start ordering compliant fuels earlier, the shipping firms “are strongly recommended to commence developing implementation plans as soon as possible,” ICS Secretary General, Guy Platten, said.

To assist shipping companies prepare for implementation of the International Maritime Organization’s global sulphur cap for ships’ fuel oil, the ICS has produced comprehensive guidance on implementation planning, to help ensure compliance across the shipping industry with this regulatory game changer.

Besides the significant additional cost of compliant fuel, ICS said that implementation of the global cap will be far more complex than for the previous introduction of Emission Control Areas. The organization explained that this is because of the sheer magnitude of the switchover and the much larger quantities and different types of fuel involved, as well as continuing uncertainties about the availability, safety and compatibility of compliant fuels in every port worldwide.

Additionally, ICS argues that if a ship has a suitably developed implementation plan, then the ship’s crew should be in a better position to demonstrate to Port State Control that they have acted in ‘good faith’ and done everything that could be reasonably expected to achieve full compliance.

“This need to demonstrate good faith could be particularly important in the event that safe and compliant fuels are unavailable in some ports during the initial weeks of implementation,” Platten said, adding that IMO has provisionally agreed that Port State Control authorities may take into account the ship’s implementation plan when verifying compliance with the 0.5% sulphur limit.

The new ICS guidance explains that the implementation process will need to address the possibility that some ships may need to carry and use more than one type of compliant fuel in order to operate globally. This could introduce additional challenges such as compatibility between different available grades of fuel that could have significant implications for the safety of the ship as well as its commercial operation.

The global trade association also stressed that primary responsibility for ensuring that compliant and compatible fuels will be available rests with oil suppliers, as well as those IMO Member States which have collectively agreed to implement this major regulatory change in 2020.

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>

Events>

<< Dec 2019 >>
MTWTFSS
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology

As varied threats in the Mediterranean Sea continue to proliferate, the need to advance…

read more >

2nd GREENTECH IN SHIPPING GLOBAL FORUM

Forum you will find out from the regulators, government bodies and major ports’ representatives what the near…

read more >

7th Annual Arctic Exchange

Every year the Exchange invites delegates from across the globe to come together to listen to key senior management teams…

read more >