IBIA Offers Advice on BDNs Compliance

  • IBIA reminds the bunker supply community about the importance of ensuring the bunker delivery note comply with MARPOL Annex VI.
  • It also requires the supplier to sign a declaration to confirm that the sulphur content is in accordance with MARPOL requirements.
  • IBIA has suggested a format to improve the clarity of the supplier’s BDN declaration, which can help avoid misinterpretation.

In a statement on its website IBIA has issued a reminder to bunker suppliers to ensure that BDNs comply with...


IMO’s MARPOL Annex VI Is Now 97 Nations Strong With A New Signatory!

In a major development, Mauritius has become the latest IMO member state to sign up to MARPOL Annex VI, says an article published in IBIA

  • The Indian Ocean island nation’s accession to the air pollution prevention regulation was formalised on 23 March, and it will enter into force for Mauritius on 23 June 2020.
  • The IMO says there are now 97 Contracting States to MARPOL Annex VI, representing approximately 96.75% of the gross tonnage of the world’s merchant shipping.
  • It means Mauritius will have...


BIMCO Joins Japan To Curb CO2 Emissions

  • BIMCO joins Japan to regulate the carbon intensity of existing ships.
  • The short-term measure requires existing ships to comply with an EEXI limit, if adopted by IMO. 
  • Proposal offers a simplified way to comply by using estimated speed/power curves and power limitation.
  • Together with Japan and other players, BIMCO is proposing a package of amendments to MARPOL Annex VI. 
  • The package will mandate existing ships to comply with the energy efficiency limits of new ships at the time of adoption.
  • Carb...


Regional sulphur emission limits at a glance

The following article, provided by the Gard P&I Club, cites the key sulphur emission limits in several designated MARPOL emission control areas (ECAs) of the world.

Recent attention has been focused on the reduction of the global sulphur cap from 3.50% to 0.50% – but don’t forget there are lower sulphur level requirements in designated MARPOL emission control areas and areas defined by regional governmental entities. Here is a round-up of such areas.

From time to time Members and clients contact...


MARPOL Annex VI effects on non-compliant vessels

Steamship Mutual attempts to examine how compliance to the Global Sulphur Cap is to be determined; what procedures will apply and what will be used to ascertain whether bunkers on board and the operation of the ship are compliant, in relation to vessels without scrubbers or other equivalent means of compliance by reference to the IMO Guidelines available.

It is said that at the 74th session of MEPC the IMO approved

  1. 2019 Guidelines for Consistent Implementation of the 0.50% Sulphur Limit under...


USCG issues work instruction update on Sulfur Cap enforcement

In fact, it is said that the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) released work instruction CVC-WI-022 with the aim to provide guidance to Coast Guard marine inspectors as well as port state control officers for ensuring vessel compliance with MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 14.

Namely, the work instruction cancels CG-CVC Policy Letter 12-04 Change 1 and includes a Job Aid as an enclosure.



Specifically, the USCG will continue to enforce the sulfur...


Commissioning a Scrubber System by 31 Dec Not Sufficient To Comply With the Sulphur Cap


Ship owners, ship operators and ship managers who are busy preparing for the upcoming high sulphur fuel oil (“HSFO”) ban which enters into force on 1 January 2020 will be familiar with the option to install Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCSs) otherwise known as “scrubbers” as one route to compliance. There appears to be some confusion within certain parts of industry as to whether it is sufficient to merely commission and not necessarily install or use a scrubber by 31 December 2019 in order...


Shipowners should be cautious during HSFO de-bunkering amid regulations

As the 2020 sulphur cap came into force on the 1st of January 2020, the shipping industry is still challenged by the de-bunkering methods of heavy sulphur fuel oil, with the pressure of flag states which will begin detecting for non-compliant fuel oils.

The Standard Club analyzed the procedure of de-bunkering HSFO, reminding that although the ban of carrying HSFO will come into force in March 1st, the ban on burning HSFO became effective 1 January.

It is highlighted that the shipping industry...


BIMCO: Interpretation of discord between fuel oil samples

As the IMO 2020 is entering into force, BIMCO is experiencing an increase in questions related to the discord between the verification produces for statutory fuel oil samples and commercial fuel oil samples.

When the 0.50% global sulphur regulation takes effect, three types of fuel oil samples will be used in the industry, and the sulphur content of these samples is verified in accordance with different procedures.

These three types of fuel oil samples are;

  • The statutory MARPOL sample drawn...


Sulphur Cap Preparations and Implementation Hastens As 2020 Nears, Says IMO

According to a Dry Cargo International report, “IMO 2020” requirements for ships to cut sulphur oxide emissions enter into effect in just over one month’s time and this will significantly reduce air pollution from ships with positive benefits for human health and the environment.

Preparation for the Sulphur Limit

The new requirement means that the global limit for sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships will be reduced to 0.50% m/m (mass by mass). Within designated emission control areas (ECAs),...


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