IBIA Warns on Tighter EU Sulfur Timetable

Thursday, August 14, 2003
The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) says revisions to the proposed EU directive on sulfur content of marine fuels published on August 8 by the European Commission do not go far enough to introduce abatement and trading as means to reduce sulfur emissions. And IBIA warns that new provisions bringing entry into force of the directive only six months after the date of publication are likely to be unworkable. "We welcome the pragmatic approach of the Commission to the many amendments to the draft directive made in its first parliamentary reading," says Ian Adams. "The Commission has effectively discarded attempts by the European Parliament to impose tighter sulfur limits in a second phase. These attempts to introduce a 0.5 per cent sulfur limit were simply unsustainable. But this new draft does not contain significant recognition of alternative abatement technologies and financial instruments. Shipowners must be rewarded for early investment in emissions abatement technology by the Commission signaling the acceptance of emissions trading and banking of early emissions reductions." Adams says some ship owners have expressed a willingness to reduce emissions but are unable to make investment decisions whilst there is a reluctance by the Commission to recognize the benefit of emissions credits and the concept of emissions offsetting. "Europe is missing the opportunity to achieve early and sustainable benefits to air quality by focusing only on sulfur limits in fuel," says Adams. "Also, the Commission has accepted a new provision inserted by the Parliament to bring the date of implementation forward from twelve months after publication to just six months. Given the diversity of our industry and the huge impact this will have on both suppliers and buyers of bunkers, we believe twelve months is a minimum for passing the directive into workable national legislation. The last directive on marine fuels was enacted patchily and with significant delays, causing problems of uneven application for shipping," says Adams. The proposed EU directive on sulfur content of marine fuels seeks to impose a limit of 1.5 percent sulfur on all marine fuels burned in the Baltic, North Sea and Channel, and also imposes a 0.2 per cent sulfur limit on all fuels consumed in EU ports.
Maritime Reporter November 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Legal

US Shippers, West Coast Dockworkers Union Resume Contract Talks

Negotiators for shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports resumed contract talks with the union for dockworkers on Thursday, as cargo backups continued at the ports,

Report: Dire Conditions in Indian Shipbreaking Yards

Report by Indian research institute reveals poor enforcement of occupational health and safety provisions   The working and living conditions at the shipbreaking yards of Alang,

Italian Shipbuilder Pleads Guilty to Environmental Crimes

An Italian shipping firm based in Genoa, Italy, pleaded guilty to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships by falsifying required ships’ documents to hide

Fuels & Lubes

Italian Shipbuilder Pleads Guilty to Environmental Crimes

An Italian shipping firm based in Genoa, Italy, pleaded guilty to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships by falsifying required ships’ documents to hide

K Line to Expand Use of Eco-efficiency Software

Three further K Line vessels to install ClassNK-NAPA GREEN eco-efficiency software after reporting fuel savings during trials on an 8,600 TEU container vessel   NAPA

Bulker Chief Engineer Convicted of Environmental Crimes

A chief engineer from the M/V Trident Navigator was convicted by a federal jury in New Orleans late yesterday after a week-long trial, of knowingly falsifying the

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Repair Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1717 sec (6 req/sec)