The 74th session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee has completed a comprehensive set of guidelines for the consistent implementation of the 0.50% sulphur limit taking effect on 1 January 2020.
Draft amendments to MARPOL Annex VI relating to enforcement of the 0.50% sulphur limit have also been approved, with a view to adoption at MEPC 75, under regulations 1, 2, 14 and 18, appendix I and appendix VI of MARPOL Annex VI.
IBIA took active part in the process, working long into the evenings in the Working Group on Air pollution which was tasked by the Committee with finalising all the guidelines and draft regulatory changes.
IBIA is pleased that these guidelines are now ready, giving more clarity to all stakeholders. We fought for acceptable and common sense outcomes, and while we would have wished for some things to have gone differently, workable compromises were found in most cases.
MEPC 74 approved the following guidelines, guidance documents and MEPC Circulars that are pertinent to the successful implementation of the 0.50% sulphur limit:
- 2019 Guidelines for consistent implementation of the 0.50% sulphur limit under MARPOL Annex VI
- 2019 Guidelines for port State control under the revised MARPOL Annex VI
- Guidance for port State control on contingency measures for addressing non-compliant fuel oil
- MEPC Circular on the 2019 Guidelines for on board sampling for the verification of the sulphur content of the fuel oil used on board ships
- MEPC circular on Early application of the approved amendments to the verification procedures for a MARPOL Annex VI fuel oil sample
- MEPC circular on Guidance on indication of ongoing compliance in the case of the failure of a single monitoring instrument, and recommended actions to take if the EGCS fails to meet the provision of the Guidelines
- MSC-MEPC circular on Delivery of compliant fuel oil by suppliers, subject to approval by MSC 101 in June.
We will provide more details on what this means in our next IBIA member newsletter. In the meantime you can find out a lot about what is covered the IMO guidance documents in our earlier reports from IMO meetings, which you can find here: https://ibia.net/category/imo/
You can also get a better understanding of the IMO framework for 2020 by attending one of our upcoming events: http://ibia.net/events/