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
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
INTERTANKO applauds IMO Secretary General Mitropoulos’s initiative to propose to the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) a study group which, he stressed, will ensure that a decision on the revision of Annex VI keeps on track to meet the implementation target date of 2010. At the same time the Association welcomes the action at the IMO’s Bulk Liquids and Gas (BLG) Sub-committee this week to retain marine distillates as a viable option in the revisions to MARPOL Annex VI,.
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 IMO issued Circulars forwarding communications from two nations regarding how they plan to implement revised Regulation 13G and new Regulation 13H of MARPOL Annex I. Liberia plans to allow its oil tankers that meet applicable requirements to operate until the extended deadline. MEPC Circ. 445 (4/27/05). Japan plans to allow its oil tankers that meet applicable requirements to operate until the extended deadline
With high profile carriers agreeing to continue a voluntary low-sulphur fuel switch while at berth in Hong Kong, the issue of emission controls is once again in the headlines. Stepping into this arena, Videotel has launched a new training course, The Practical Management and Switching of Fuels
On January 29, 2014, the Breeze, designed by Guido Perla & Associates, Inc. (GPA), was launched at BAE Systems in Jacksonville, Fla., for Jackson Offshore Operators. Breeze is the first of the state-of-the-art GPA 675J PSV series destined to operate in the Gulf of Mexico.
Leading class society ClassNK has announced that it will participate in a new joint development project to install and verify the effectiveness of new Sulfur Oxide (SOx) scrubber technology onboard a Pure Car Carrier (PCC) being carried out by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd
Lloyd's Register issued and alert stating the IMO has amended its guidelines for the carriage of blends of petroleum oil and biofuels (Circular MEPC.1/Circ.761/Rev.1) and has also amended its guidelines and specifications for oil discharge monitoring (ODM) and control systems for oil tankers
MV Balder, equipped with Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS) from Clean Marine, is reported to be the first vessel in the world to operate this type of system in the U.S. Emission Control Area (ECA). Upon arrival in Baltimore recently, the vessel’s Master sought approval from the coast guard
MO’s Working Group on the Evaluation of Safety and Pollution Hazards of Chemicals (ESPH 19), meeting at IMO Headquarters from October 21-25, has agreed to classify high-viscosity PIB (Polyisobutylene) as category X for carriage by ship
A naming ceremony was held for Atlantic Energy, the newest addition to marine lubricant provider Total Lubmarine’s fleet. The ceremony for the the newly-built vessel took place on November 18 at Posttrans B.V in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
MX-Scrubber installation now up and running in full scale test facility by Marine Exhaust Technology, a dedicated Danish supplier of Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems for SOx and NOx. As per December 1, 2013 a closed loop Scrubber installation designed for marine applications has been up and running
In recent months, the Coast Guard received complaints alleging that certain waterfront facilities within the Sector Houston-Galveston area of responsibility are charging an unreasonable price to remove MARPOL residues/waste from vessels.
A number of amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) and the 1988 Load Lines Protocol entered into force or took effect from January 1, 2014.
The International Maritime Organization informs that a number of amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) and the 1988 Load Lines Protocol entered into force or
SOLAS, MARPOL amendments entered into force on 1 January 2014. IMO reminds all of immediate implications to shippers, mariners and vessels. Amendments to SOLAS, MARPOL and the Load Lines protocol entered into force on 1 January 2014: A number of amendments to the International Convention
Oceanex Connaigra is Oceanex Inc.’s 210-m custom-designed container/roll on roll off (Con/Ro) ice class 1A ship that was built at the Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH & Co. (FSG) shipyard in Flensburg, Germany. According to FSG, it will be “one of the longest, most innovative
Applicability: Non-tank vessels of 400 gt or more of any flag, which are self-propelled, carrying oil of any kind as fuel, and bound for a port or place in the U.S. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has published a Final Rule which took effect on 30 October, 2013
Level and flow instrumentation suppliers Allison Engineering have enjoyed success with a specialist flow meter application for their ST110 Gas Flow Meters being used on board LNG ships to measure boil-off gas, the natural wastage gas generated in the storage tanks