Australia: Implementation of the 1 January 2020 low sulphur fuel requirement

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) This notice is to remind vessel owners, operators, masters and fuel oil suppliers of the global implementation of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex VI sulphur limit of 0.50 mass per cent concentration (m/m) in fuel oil from 1 January 2020, and to advise on Australia’s approach to…

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Iceland – heavy fuel oil banned as of 01 Jan 2020

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Government of Iceland has issued a news release stating that, effective 1 January 2020, the permissible sulphur content of marine fuels used in the territorial sea and internal waters of Iceland will be lowered from 3.5% to 0.1%. The Iceland Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources has issued a regulation tightening fuel…

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IMO 2020: Worldwide Scrubber washwater restrictions (update Dec. 2019)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The IMO considers exhaust gas scrubbers to be an acceptable means of reducing vessels’ sulphur emissions and ensuring compliance with MARPOL Annex VI.  A separate guideline, Resolution MEPC.259(68), specifies the requirements for the verification, testing, survey and certification of scrubber systems and sets out the criteria for discharging scrubber washwater into the sea. However, some coastal states…

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Updates and Reminders on the Use of Exhaust Gas Scrubbers in US Waters (IMO 2020 sulphur cap)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The USCG issued an update to their policy letter, CVC Policy Letter 12-04, to remove a request for correspondence from Flag administrations on granted equivalencies. The USCG will instead be verifying this information through the IMO’s Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS). Provided the systems are tested, surveyed, and verified in accordance with MEPC…

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China issues Guidance on 2020 Sulphur Cap and how it will impact foreign-flagged vessels.

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) China MSA has recently provided guidance on the IMO 2020 sulphur cap implementation scheme, particularly on how it will impact foreign-flagged vessels in Chinese territory. Outside the Chinese designated emission control areas – which are not to be confused with MARPOL Annex VI emission control areas – the fuel sulphur regulations will follow MARPOL…

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MARPOL annex VI – Sulphur Cap 2020: Records for the Cleaning of Fuel Oil Tanks (Guidance)

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Fuel oil tanks should be cleaned on regular basis to remove build-up of sediments and sludge, usually during dry docking or whenever inspections of the fuel tanks are due. Most shipowners will want to change over onto compliant fuel well before the 1 January 2020. They will want to make sure all the tanks are…

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