IMO 2020: Worldwide Scrubber washwater restrictions (update Jan. 2020)

(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…

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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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IMO Revised Compendium on Facilitation and Electronic Business

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The mandatory requirement for national governments to introduce electronic information exchange between ships and ports came into effect from 8 April 2019, under the FAL Convention. According to the Standard 1.3bis, Public Authorities have to establish systems for the electronic exchange of information by 8 April 2019. A period of no less than 12…

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EU MRV and IMO DCS Regulations – Reporting requirements

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) In order to reduce emissions from shipping, the European Union (EU) has introduced the shipping Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation, which is designed to gather data on CO2 emissions based on ships’ fuel consumption. In parallel, the IMO has introduced a three-step approach, based on collecting and analyzing fuel consumption data, before agreeing what…

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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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Shipping industry proposes $5 billion Research and Development fund to help cut emissions

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Maritime associations representing 90% of world merchant fleet on Wednesday (18 December) submitted a proposal to form the world’s first collaborative shipping R&D programme to help eliminate CO2 emissions from international shipping. The proposal include a new non-governmental Research & Development organisation to pave the way for decarbonization of shipping. The other highlights of…

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