IMO highlights off-spec ECA fuel protests

16 Feb 2015

Reports of off-spec fuel supply that failed to reach ECA sulphur requirements have been released by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) following notes of protest from Liberia and Cyprus.

Almost all of the reported instances involve fuel which, according to the Bunker Delivery Note, contained a permissible amount of sulphur. However, following independent analysis arranged by the shipowner, a higher level of sulphur was found making the fuel non-compliant.

If a bunker supplier provides fuel or documentation that does not comply with MARPOL Annex VI requirements or fails to follow the sampling procedures set out in IMO Resolution MEPC.96(47), the receiving vessel should issue a Note of Protest to the supplier and send copies to the local port state authority, the vessel’s flag administration and the company. A copy should also be retained on board.

Under MARPOL Annex VI, Regulation 18.9 there is a requirement for the flag administration to advise IMO of such matters for promulgation to parties to the Convention and IMO members.

The Notes of Protest received by Cyprus and Liberia between 1 July 2014 and 31 December 2014 have been published in MEPC.1/Circ.851 Implementation and Enforcement of MARPOL Annex VI.

IMO says members needing further guidance should contact the Loss Prevention Department.

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