IBIA issues sulphur limit compliance clarification

Emissions from container ship Statistics from the emission control areas (ECAs) in Northern Europe has put non-compliance with the ECA limit at around 5%

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has urged compliance with the 2020 global sulphur cap to safeguard the regulation’s “intended benefits to human health and a level playing field.”

Addressing its membership and industry stakeholders, the IBIA said the likely rate of compliance by ship operators is a controversial topic.

It stressed its view on 2020 compliance, is that “we should be careful about being both too pessimistic and too optimistic.

“There are legitimate concerns about compliance and effective enforcement, but there are also equally legitimate reasons to expect a high level of compliance.

“The only real indication we have at the moment is statistics from the emission control areas (ECAs) in Northern Europe, which has put non-compliance with the ECA limit at around 5%.”

Proposed ban

IBIA will be discussing ways to put global shipping on track to comply with the 0.50% sulphur limit at the International Maritime Organization when the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) meets in February next year.

Among the issues to be discussed at PPR is a proposed ban on the carriage of bunker fuel exceeding the global limit on ships without approved abatement technology.

IBIA said that it cannot offer investment advice on abatement technology, specifically exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) or scrubbers and will not provide forecasts.

It stressed it does urge its members to “abide by regulations, follow best practices and pursue a high level of professionalism and ethical standards.”


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