A package of instruments in connection with the Sulphur cap
On 1 January 2020 the global 0.50% limit for the sulphur content in fuel oil agreed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will take effect. In anticipation of this, IMO’S Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) has adopted a raft of resolutions addressing various issues surrounding the implementation of the lower Sulphur limit.
Members can download a full briefing, which covers the following topics. Under each heading, the relevant IMO resolutions and circulars are noted, which are also available for downloading from this page:
- Prohibition on the carriage of non-compliant fuel
- Implementation of the 0.50% sulphur limit
- Guidance on the development of a ship implementation plan
- Guidance on best practice for fuel oil purchasers, users and suppliers
- 2019 Guidelines for Port State Control (PSC) under MAPROL Annex VI, Chapter 3
- 2019 Guidelines for on board sampling for the verification of the Sulphur content of the fuel oil
- Early application of the approved amendments to the verification procedures for a MARPOL Annex VI fuel oil sample
- Guidance on indication of ongoing compliance in the case of the failure of a single monitoring instrument, and recommended actions to take if the Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS) fails to meet the provisions of the Guidelines
- Reporting of data related to fuel oil availability and quality in GISIS to promote greater understanding of the consistent implementation of the 0.50% m/m Sulphur limit under MARPOL Annex VI
- Recommended interim measures to enhance the safety of ships relating to the use of oil fuel
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Information Note Details
Published date: 18 October 2019
Information note ID: 1454
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