London - It should be prohibited to have non-compliant fuel on board as from 2020. This is the clear signal from the IMO Sub-Committee PPR, Pollution Prevention and Response, which this week has been discussing how to ensure that the global sulphur requirements are implemented and enforced effectively.
At the opening of the week-long IMO meeting, IMO’s Secretary-General, Kitack Lim clearly communicated that there is no turning back; the global Sulphur requirements will enter to force in 2020. The effect of the rules will be significant for both the environment and public health and must, therefore be implemented, Kitack Lim said. During the first days of the meeting, only a few countries expressed concerns about the year 2020 as the date of entry into force. Therefore, there was a rapid agreement to discuss the more technical proposals for enforcing sulphur requirements, including a ban on non-compliant fuel on board.
During these discussions, the IMO countries agreed to submit to the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee that as from 2020 it should be prohibited to have fuel on board with a content of sulphur of more than 0.5% unless the ship has a scrubber installed to clean the exhaust: “Danish Shipping is very pleased with the clear signal IMO has sent this week. Effective enforcement is something we have worked long and hard for together with our members and a handful of sister organisations. Therefore, it was also very positive that a joint international industry proposed a ban as a prelude to the meeting of IMO and it was very helpful that the Danish authorities were at the forefront of support,” said Maria Skipper Schwenn, Executive Director at Danske Shipping.