New procedures to deal with sulphur emissions from ships will need to be
developed by owners and suppliers to ensure compliance with MARPOL Annex VI,
warns Lintec, the international marine fuels analysis specialist.
Although EU proposals for sulphur control will not enter into force before
2005, owners and suppliers need to take action sooner. In the latest issue
of its Testing Times newsletter, Lintec says that if Annex VI is ratified as
expected, shipowners will need to consider changes to fuel purchasing
practice, vessel design, engine room and bunkering procedure.
Compliance with new licensing requirements for suppliers will also need to
be met. Suppliers of fuel oil will
have to be registered with the designated
body within their state. In addition, they will have to provide and retain
copies of bunker receipts and samples.
Elsewhere in Testing Times, Lintec details a recent case in which it was
involved in Singapore: It was the intention for a company to de-bunker a
vessel, based on the high vanadium result of the fuel. Lintec advised that
although the vanadium was off spec, at that level, provided the sodium
levels were sufficiently low, the vessel could still use the fuel with