The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has called on the bunker industry to comply with the spirit of Marpol Annex VI in addition to meeting the specific technical requirements laid out in the legislation. Don Gregory, chairman of IBIA, says, "A global cap of 4.5 per cent sets down the maximum sulphur content in bunker fuel. It will be very disappointing indeed if we hear reports of fuel exceeding that very conservative limit". Marpol Annex VI sets a 4.5 per cent global limit on sulphur content in bunker fuel. In addition suppliers will need to provide a bunker delivery note specifying density, viscosity and sulphur content. Suppliers are also obliged to take a sample in an approved manner, in case the vessel needs to present these at a future port state control inspection. "As chairman of IBIA, I believe that shipowners, charterers and suppliers should take the initiative and follow in the spirit of Marpol Annex VI by ensuring full compliance with the requirements," says Gregory. Marpol Annex VI also sets regional limits of 1.5 per cent sulphur in the form of sulphur emission control areas (SECAs). The first SECA becomes active in the North Sea on May 19th 2007. Ian Adams, IBIA secretary general says, "Marpol Annex VI has officially been ratified and came into force on May 19th, but not all individual countries have agreed to enforce the legislation.
Owners and charterers will need to revise the text of their fuel purchasing specifications after IMO's Marpol Annex VI enters into force on May 19th, warns fuel testing agency, Lintec Testing Services. Almost all bunker buyers specify that their fuel must comply with ISO 8217. But Marpol Annex VI puts into statute some new requirements that are not covered by the standard. Lintec advises bunker buyers to expressly specify
MARPOL Training Institute (MTI) has recently added MARPOL Annex II Regulations for the Control of Pollution by Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk and Annex III Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution by Harmful Substances Carried by Sea in Packaged Form to their software package: Meeting MARPOL Standards (MMS). This computer-based training software package now covers all six technical regulations, Annex I-VI, adopted by the IMO MARPOL Convention
Panama Canal: Deadlines and Interim Procedures for the Definitive Phase-out of Single Hull Oil Tankers Issued Conscious of its responsibility to safeguard its waterway, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has determined that effective December 31, 2012, single hull (single side/single bottom, single side/double bottom, or double side/single bottom) oil tankers of 600 tons deadweight and over but below 5,000 tons deadweight will no longer be allowed to transit the Panama Canal if loaded with
MARPOL Annex VI – certification of an ‘Approved Method’ for MAN B&W S60MC engines. Applicabilty: All owners and operators of new and existing ships Classification News 22/2010 detailed changes to nitrogen oxides (NOX) controls introduced by the Revised MARPOL Annex VI. These apply to marine diesel engines, with a power output of more than 5,000 kW and a displacement at or above 90 litres per cylinder, installed on ships constructed on or after January 1
Ships calling DP World/PCFC ports in Dubai are required to strictly comply with PCFC-EHS Ports and Maritime Regulations and IMO Marpol Annex VI –Regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships, as amended to maintain the port environment cleaner and safer for the port business. With immediate effect, ships are hereby advised to refrain from any unsafe practices causing air pollution including but not limited to the following:
The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will consider current options to reduce air pollution from ships, when it meets for its 56th session from 9 to 13 July, at the Horticultural Halls, London. Mr. Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is scheduled to address the opening session (at 0930 on Monday 9 July) of the Committee, on the invitation of IMO Secretary-General Mr. Efthimios E
The Italian Navy training ship Amerigo Vespucci, which has been designated a UNICEF ‘ambassador’ vessel, has become one of the first MARPOL-compliant naval ships after receiving MARPOL certification from classification society RINA. And the rest of the Italian naval fleet, numbering roughly 70 vessels, is set to follow suit, even though there is no legal or regulatory requirement for it to do so. A ceremony to mark the Amerigo Vespucci compliance took place in Livorno Harbor on July 6
The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) met for its 65th session from May 13-17 2013, at IMO Headquarters in London. The committee made significant progress in its work on further developing energy-efficiency regulations; adopted an MEPC resolution on rromotion of technical cooperation and transfer of technology relating to the improvement of energy efficiency of ships; and gave the go-ahead to carry out an update to the
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to consider introducing measures to improve controls of bunkers delivered to ships. After six submissions to the IMO over four years, to which INTERTANKO made a major contribution, persistence with another submission has resulted in progress to assure the quality of fuel delivered to ships. A correspondence group will develop guidelines for states to ensure fuel quality compliance with MARPOL Annex VI
In their recent published Annual Report 2014 Top US Coast Guard official says there will be no let-up in the battle to end ship-sourced waste-oil pollution and ISM Code deficiencies, with even tougher inspection procedures on the way
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has placed the International Register of Shipping (IRS) in the top bracket of those recognized organizations (RO) that consistently achieve zero detentions for its registered vessels for the third time in just six years.
Deltamarin, Arista Shipping, ABS and GTT announce Project Forward, a joint development project to equip the dry bulk carriers of the future with LNG propulsion. The project, led by Athens-based bulk carrier owner Arista Shipping, began officially in May this year
The Coast Guard has confirmed several reports it has received stating that main engines may not attain the expected speed when using ultra low sulfur fuel oil. The Coast Guard has revised its list of recommendations to vessel owners and operators about the importance of establishing
Ships trading in designated emission control areas will have to use onboard fuel oil with a sulfur content of no more than 0.10% from January 1, 2015, against the limit of 1.00% in effect up until December 31, 2014. To help provide further clarification on the new regulations
Ships trading in designated emission control areas will have to use on board fuel oil with a sulphur content of no more than 0.10% from 1 January 2015, against the limit of 1.00% in effect up until 31 December 2014. The stricter rules come into effect under the International Convention for the
Horizon Lines, Inc. announced it has received a permit providing a conditional waiver from the North American Emissions Control Area (ECA) fuel sulfur content requirements of MARPOL Annex VI regulation 14.4. The permit is in force while Horizon pursues installation of Exhaust Gas Cleaning
The Korean Register (KR) has launched an in-house developed software program to assist vessels with fuel oil change over when complying with the new low sulphur regulations. From January 1, MARPOL Annex VI Reg 14 requires vessels sailing within an emission control area (ECA) to burn
The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) noted an improvement in bunker quality from across the marine fuels supply chain thanks in part to a campaign launched by the association. Addressing an audience of more than 1,000 marine fuel buyers
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a marine safety alert today to remind vessel owners and operators to establish effective fuel oil changeover procedures during efforts to comply with MARPOL Annex VI emission regulations. The USCG said that several recent incidents of fuel leakages during changeovers
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has dismissed the recent claim by the European environmental lobby group Transport and Environment (T&E) that modern ships are somehow less CO2 efficient than those built over 20 years ago as ‘fanciful’.
Polar Code environmental provisions set for adoption at IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meets for its 68th session from May 11-15, 2015, at IMO Headquarters in London
The Hong Kong SAR Marine Department has advised that on 1 July the existing Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution by Garbage) Regulation (Cap 413J) was replaced by a new Regulation, namely, the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution by Garbage) Regulation (Cap 413O) giving effect
Lloyd's Register informs that new stability instrument requirements will apply to all tankers constructed (keel laid) on or after January 1, 2016. These ships will be required to fit an approved stability instrument, capable of verifying compliance with intact and damage stability requirements.
The first ethane-powered ship, JS Ineos Insight, the leading ship in a series of eight 27,500-cubic-meter multi-gas Dragon-class vessels being built at Sinopacific, China, for Denmark’s Evergas, was named on July 14. The new vessels configured for transport of ethane, LPG or LNG