Carriage Ban of Non-Compliant Shipping Fuel Now in Effect
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Consistent implementation of the IMO 2020 regulation limiting sulphur in ships’ fuel oil has been enhanced with the entry into force of a rule banning the carriage of non-compliant fuel oil on March 1, 2020.
The IMO 2020 regulation limits sulphur in ships' fuel oil to a maximum 0.50%. It been in force globally since January 1, 2020, under IMO's MARPOL treaty, with benefits for the environment and human health from a reduction in sulphur oxides in the air.
The complementary International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) amendment prohibits the carriage of non-compliant fuel oil for combustion purposes for propulsion or operation on board a ship - unless the ship has an approved exhaust gas cleaning system, frequently known as a scrubber, fitted.
The amendment does not change in any way the 0.50% limit. It is intended as an additional measure to support consistent implementation and compliance and provide a means for effective enforcement by states, particularly port state control.
In designated emission control areas (ECAs), the maximum sulphur limit in fuel oil is 0.10%. The four ECAs are: the Baltic Sea area; the North Sea area; the North American area (covering designated coastal areas off the United States and Canada); and, the United States Caribbean Sea area (around Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands).