As we approach the entry into force of the 0.50% sulphur limit, we are likely to see a range of unfamiliar fuel blends that will require due diligence from all parties. All stakeholders could benefit, therefore, from heeding the advice found in best practice guidance developed by the IMO, with significant input from industry.
In October last year, the 73rd session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee approved a draft MEPC circular containing the IMO’s Guidance on best practice for fuel oil suppliers for assuring the quality of fuel oil delivered to ships. IMO best practice for buyers/purchasers was already approved at MEPC 72, and the draft best practice for Member States/coastal States is expected to be finalised and approved at MEPC 74 in May this year.
IBIA has played a key role in developing the IMO guidance. The final version was largely based on best practice for fuel oil suppliers provided by IBIA to MEPC 72.
IBIA has also contributed significantly to the IMO best practice guidance for bunker consumers, and the upcoming best practice for Member States/coastal States.
Below are links to the IMO documents, as well as the IBIA best practice document: