Call for early reporting of fuel availability

The Liberian Registry wants to help shipowners and operators meet their responsibilities Photo: The Liberian Registry/Youtube The Liberian Registry wants to help shipowners and operators meet their responsibilities Photo: The Liberian Registry/Youtube

Liberia is making a call to the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee for early reporting on the availability of fuel oil compliant with the 0.50% sulphur limit well in advance of 1 January 2020.

The Liberian Registry said that shipowners and operators should not need to guess where or whether compliant fuel will be available and that smooth and effective implementation requires co-operation and compliance by all stakeholders, including states and fuel oil suppliers.

“We are therefore urging IMO to issue a resolution or circular calling on states to report the availability of compliant fuel oil well in advance of 1 January 2020 to help shipowners and operators meet their responsibilities,” said David Pascoe, Senior VP, Maritime Operations and Standards, Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR).

“We want them to be able to gain experience on the carriage and use of the new fuels on their ships, to test implementation plans and to assist in a smooth and effective transition to the new regulatory requirements.”

Genuine intentions

Liberia’s submission to IMO comes after its co-sponsorship, together with major flags and industry organisations, of an IMO paper proposing the establishment of an Experience Building Phase (EBP) to help address the safety implications and other challenges associated with 2020-compliant fuels.

The Registry said that contrary to some inaccurate media reports, the paper proposing the EBP is not intended to delay the 1 January, 2020 compliance date. That date has been agreed previously and supported by Liberia.

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