IBIA Calls on Industry to Comply

Thursday, May 19, 2005
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.

"If a vessel takes on bunker fuel in a port that is not a signatory to Annex VI, owners should still insist the bunker supplier complies with the terms in the legislation, by providing a low sulphur fuel, a bunker delivery note and taking an approved bunker sample. Port state control in a county that has ratified Annex VI may ask to inspect all of these things, up to three years after the date of the bunker stem. It is no protection that the vessels' flag state, or the country that the fuel was bunkered in are not signatories to Annex VI. They must still comply."

Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Schlumberger Announces Q1 Results

Schlumberger Limited (NYSE:SLB) today reported first-quarter 2014 revenue from continuing operations of $11.24 billion versus $11.91 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013, and $10.

Russia Ships First Oil From Offshore Arctic Platform

President Vladimir Putin hailed Russia's first shipment of Arctic offshore oil on Friday, saying the platform decried by environmentalists will help Moscow expand its global energy markets share.

Shipping Turns From Banks to Equity Markets for Cash

Shipping companies are turning to equity markets to fill a growing funding gap, betting that investors hungry for decent returns will provide capital to a sector

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | 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: 0.1121 sec (9 req/sec)