Monday 19th Feb, 2018

Organisations propose ban on carriage of higher sulphur fuel in 2020

Photo: Dale Crisp
Photo: Dale Crisp

A GROUP of international environmental organisations has issued a call to ban the carriage of non-compliant marine fuels when the global 0.5% sulphur cap takes effect in 2020.

A joint statement from the group argues that there should be no reason for a vessel to be carrying non-compliant fuels for combustion on board unless it is using an approved equivalent compliance method.

Proposals for the carriage ban are to be discussed at an International Maritime Organization meeting in February.

Several international associations representing the global shipping industry, as well as the Cook Islands and Norway, have already submitted proposals to the IMO to ban the carriage of non-compliant fuels.

The call for a prohibition on the carriage of non-compliant fuels is now supported by the following organisations:

BIMCO, Clean Shipping Coalition, Cruise Lines International Association, Friends of the Earth U.S., International Chamber of Shipping, International Parcel Tankers’ Association, INTERTANKO, Pacific Environment, World Shipping Council, and WWF Global Arctic Programme.

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