Industry Guidance on the supply and use of 0.50% – 2020 sulphur cap marine fuel

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) A number of shipping, refining, fuel supply and standards organisations have worked together to produce Joint Industry Guidance on the supply and use of 0.50% – sulphur marine fuel released on 20 August 2019. The publication has been developed by experts from across shipping, refining, supply and testing of marine fuels. In October 2016,…

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IMO 2020 sulphur cap: Preparing for the Big Switch

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) From 1 January 2020, in accordance with MARPOL Annex VI, the sulphur content of fuel oil used on board commercial ships trading outside sulphur Emission Control Areas (ECAs) must not exceed 0.50% m/m. The 0.50% sulphur limit is a significant reduction from the current global limit of 3.50% m/m which has been in place…

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IMO 2020: Whitepaper from KPMG

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) IMO 2020 marks the most recent culmination of efforts in decreasing the pollution exhibited by the maritime industry on the ecological life impacted by its day-to-day operations. This resolution from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will have an impact throughout the industry which already is in the middle of a radical revamp, with everything…

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Flashback in maritime history – Adoption of OPA 90 in USA – 18 August 1990

  (www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 18 August 1990, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) was enacted into law in the USA. On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez spilled over 11 million gallons of Alaskan crude into the water of Prince William Sound. There were many lessons learned the aftermath of the Valdez oil spill. Two of the most obvious…

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Compliance with the 2020 ‘Global Sulphur Cap’ – Update July 2019

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) This ICS Guidance was first issued in September 2018 and was updated in January 2019 to take account of decisions at International Maritime Organization (IMO) committee meetings. This current version has been updated after the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in May 2019 and the IMO Marine Safety Committee (MSC) in June 2019.…

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USA – Portuguese Shipping Company to Pay $1.5 Million for MARPOL violations

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Portline Bulk International S.A. pleaded guilty in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina, to one count of violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and one count of Obstruction. The charges stem from the falsification of the Oil Record Book onboard the M/V Achilleus, a Maltese-flagged ocean-going bulk carrier ship managed by Defendant…

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