IBIA Calls on Industry to Comply
meeting the specific technical requirements laid out in the legislation. the maximum sulphur content in bunker fuel. indeed if we hear reports of fuel exceeding that very conservative limit". bunker fuel. note specifying density, viscosity and sulphur content. present these at a future port state control inspection. compliance with the requirements," says Gregory. form of sulphur emission control areas (SECAs). active in the North Sea on May 19th 2007. have agreed to enforce the legislation. and taking an approved bunker sample. years after the date of the bunker stem. signatories to Annex VI.
Policy on Prevention of Air Pollution
The US Coast Guard issued guidelines for ensuring compliance with MARPOL Annex VI on the prevention of air pollution from ships. MARPOL Annex VI entered into force for the United States on January 8. Coast Guard field units are directed to enforce the provisions of Annex VI against all pertinent US vessels and all foreign calling in US waters. CG-543 Policy Letter 09-01 (February 4, 2009). (Source: Holland & Knight)
Revised MARPOL Annex VI, NOx Tech. Code
A new publication is now available from IMO Publications on the revised international regulations on preventing and reducing harmful emissions from ships, such as sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter. The revised MARPOL Annex VI (Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) and the revised NOx Technical Code 2008 were adopted by IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee in October 2008, with an entry into force date of 1 July 2010. The Revised MARPOL Annex VI & NOx Technical Code 2008 (2009 Edition) is an essential publication for maritime Administrations, classification societies, shipping companies (owners and operators)…
Marine Emissions: The ABC's
NOTE: This is part one of a two-part series on the ABCs of emissions requirements in the marine industry. Today environmental concerns are at the forefront of the public and represent a major effort by vessel owners to meet compliance standards. Many operators find the elaborate acronyms and various definitions confusing when maneuvering through the variety of regulatory requirements. How to meet the compliance standards in a timely fashion can be at first intimidating until acquiring a basic understanding of emission ABC's. International and U.S. Three dominant emission standards are applicable or enforceable for marine diesel engines : MARPOL Annex VI, EPA Marine Tier I, and EPA Marine Tier II.
Combating Marine Litter
The effective implementation of IMO garbage regulations (MARPOL Annex V) on ships and in port reception facilities was the main focus of an IMO regional workshop on marine litter for the East Asian seas region, held in Jeju, Republic of Korea (5-8 December). (The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), at its 55th session in October 2006, established an intersessional correspondence group to develop a framework for a comprehensive review of MARPOL Annex V). Garbage from ships can be just as deadly to marine life as oil or chemicals.
Bunker Buyers Should Revise Specs to Comply
warns fuel testing agency, Lintec Testing Services. Almost all bunker buyers specify that their fuel must comply with ISO 8217. covered by the standard. specifications. must comply with ISO 8217 AND with Marpol Annex VI. bunker delivery note specifying sulphur content, density and viscosity. "A new updated ISO 8217 standard should be ready by the end of 2005. Hopefully it will include Annex VI requirements. should make sure they are getting the right fuel. that is to specify it.
Liberia First Major Flag State to Ratify Treaty
LISCR, First in Safety & Security, today applauded Liberia for taking the lead and ratifying MARPOL Annex VI, an international convention to prevent air pollution from ships. "Liberia is the first major flag state to ratify MARPOL Annex VI," said Yoram Cohen, CEO of LISCR, the U.S. company that manages the day-to-day operations of the registry. "We are proud of the registry's leading role to protect the environment. To implement the treaty, it must be ratified by 15 International Maritime Organization (IMO) members and flags, representing 50 percent of the world tonnage. LISCR is the second largest ship registry, with about 1,800 vessels (56 million gross tons) or about ten percent of the world's ocean-going fleet.
Llyods Register Statutory Alert:
MARPOL Annex VI – certification of an ‘Approved Method’ for MAN B&W S60MC engines. 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, 1990 but before January 1, 2000. The revised NOX controls require an Approved Method (if…
Reminder that North American ECA Operative in August
The MPA circular reminds the Shipping Community on the entry into effect of the North American Emission Control Area (ECA) under MARPOL Annex VI and urges the community to take early actions for compliance with the regulations. From 1 August 2012, all ships operating within the North America ECA shall only use fuel oil with sulphur content not exceeding 1.00% m/m, and from 1 January 2015, fuel with sulphur content not exceeding 0.10% m/m. Shipowners and operators are advised to ensure that the absolute sulphur content of fuel oil used onboard ships does not exceed the limits as required under Regulation 14.4 of MARPOL Annex VI. Shipowners…
USCG interim policy re MARPOL Annex VI
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Policy Letter providing interim guidance regarding voluntary compliance with MARPOL Annex VI by U.S. vessels. Annex VI outlines international requirements for vessel air emissions and air pollution prevention measures for vessels. The Annex enters into force on 19 May. The U.S. has not yet ratified Annex VI. Regardless, the Annex will apply to commercial vessels of 400 gross tons ITC engaged in international voyages. Eligible and qualified U.S. vessels may obtain Statements of Voluntary Compliance (SOVC) from their cognizant USCG Officer in Charge Marine Inspection (OCMI) or classification society. The SOVC will serve as proof of compliance until such time as the U.S. ratifies the Annex. MOC Policy Letter 05-02 (HK Law).
US EPA Serves ECA Suspected Violation Subpoenas
U.S. EPA has served subpoenas in connection with the investigation into potential violations of MARPOL Annex and the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) following the coming into force of the North American Emissions Control Area (ECA) on 1, August 2012. Ships operating within 200 miles of the U.S. coast are required, pursuant to MARPOL Annex VI and the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), to burn low sulphur fuel oil and to document compliance. Although the U.S.
Ship Sewage Regs Set for Adoption
Revised regulations for the prevention of pollution of the oceans by sewage are expected to be adopted by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) when it meets for its 51st session from 29 March to 2 April 2004. Other items on the agenda include follow-up to the adoption of the new Ballast Water Convention, air pollution and ship recycling. The revised MARPOL Annex IV containing regulations for the prevention of pollution by sewage from ships was approved by the MEPC in 2000 and can now be formally adopted following the entry into force of the optional Annex in September 2003, with a proposed entry into force date of 1 August 2005.
ABS Authorized to Issue IAPP Certificates
Effective 6 August 2009, ABS is authorized to act on behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) for verifying compliance by U.S.-flag vessels with MARPOL 73/78 Annex VI. Acting as a Recognized Organization, the class society can now issue the International Air Pollution Prevention (IAPP) Certificate, required by MARPOL, on behalf of the USCG, to US-flag vessels that meet the criteria. MARPOL Annex VI addresses the amount of sulfur oxide (SOx) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions permitted from ships and has set an aggressive target to reduce these levels over the next decade.
House Passes Bill to Reduce Pollution from Ships
The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) hailed passage of a bill in the U.S. visiting this country’s seaports. 2007 (H.R. 802), sponsored by Congressmen James L. of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure) and Elijah E. Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Convention) Annex VI. Annex VI,” said Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO. U.S. requirements. which will improve the air quality in many port communities,” he said. MARPOL Annex VI entered into force in May 2005. sets limits on sulfur oxide emissions from ship exhausts. controls. Air quality issues are particularly relevant for more than 30 U.S. (NAAQS). not achieve these standards must take action to reduce air emissions.
Ship Sewage Regulations Enter into Force
Revised international regulations for the prevention of pollution of the sea by sewage from ships (revised MARPOL Annex IV, adopted by resolution MEPC.115(51)) will enter into force on 1 August 2005. The regulations are important because the discharge of raw sewage into the sea can create a health hazard and, in coastal sea areas, can also lead to a depletion of oxygen in the water and visual pollution - a particular problem for countries with large tourist industries. Under current thinking it is assumed that the oceans are capable of assimilating and dealing with raw sewage through natural bacterial action and the regulations, therefore…
FMC's Doyle: LNG Bunkering Needs to Move Forward
FMC Commissioner William P. Doyle delivered the keynote address to LNG Bunkering North America conference Vancouver, Canada, providing insight into LNG as a marine fuel and LNG bunkering. "Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering in North America is moving forward. Quite frankly it needs to move forward,” Doyle said. “There is an abundant supply of natural gas in North America. Doyle touched upon hot topics such as MARPOL Annex VI and its feasibility, natural gas’ environmental benefits…
Ships Calling at Dubai to Comply with Environmental Norms
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. Any contravention to these above mentioned requirements may result in appropriate sanctions being imposed which may include imposition of fines. Furthermore, all concerned are requested to maintain their main engine/s, auxiliary engines and all other machineries/ equipment in good operating condition without causing any environmental pollution and also to ensure ship's IAPP certificate is valid in all aspects.
Free ClassNK Software for Shipyard EEDI Calculations
ClassNK releases Progressive Speed Trial Analysis Software 'PrimeShip-GREEN/PSTA' which analyzes the results from speed trials and calculates a corresponding ship’s speed in calm sea conditions for compliance with the amendment to MARPOL Annex VI. The Amendment to MARPOL Annex VI came into force from January 2013, enforcing mandatory EEDI calculation and EEDI regulation values for vessels contracted from 1 January 2013 onwards. When calculating EEDI, external factors such as the wind, waves, tides, shallow waters, and displacement during speed trials can be corrected for to allow for higher accuracy when determining a ship’s speed in calm sea conditions.
Next Steps in IMO’s Energy Efficiency Training
International Maritime Organization (IMO) is continuing its work to support developing countries to prevent air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from ships with a global training exercise held in Batumi, Georgia (12-14 September). Participants are being trained to use three new draft guides, specifically developed under IMO’s GloMEEP project in collaboration with IMArEST, which cover i) rapid assessment for determining the country maritime energy efficiency and emissions status…
IMO Training in Malaysia
An International Maritime Organization (IMO) training in Malaysia has seen port State control officers practice inspecting air pollution and energy efficiency rules aboard a container ship in Johor Port. The participants from across Malaysia have been taking part in the three-day workshop (13-15 February) focusing on how to effectively enforce IMO’s MARPOL Annex VI regulations. The interactive workshop included class-based lectures and exercises, as well as practical training on board…
President Submits MARPOL Annex VI to Senate for Approval
The White House released the Message from President Bush transmitting to the U.S. Senate the Protocol of 1997 to amend the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Convention). The Protocol of 1997 contains the proposed Annex VI, which would, when it comes into force, establish air pollution standards for large marine diesel engines, regulate the sulfur content of marine diesel fuel, establish standards regarding emission of volatile organic compounds during certain transfer operations, and set standards regarding marine incinerators and fuel oil quality, among other things. Source: HK Law.
Bunkers in the Americas: Marpol Annex VI Compliance
In follow-up to our announcement regarding Marpol Annex VI, Chemoil is pleased to re-iterate its full compliance as it pertains to bunker suppliers. Any fuel supplied will strictly conform with regulation 14(1) or 4(a) and regulation 18(1) of Marpol 73/78 Annex VI. Additionally, our delivery documentation (BDN, Sample Label) will contain all the required information for Marpol compliance. Regarding sampling procedures it is our interpretation that the guidelines put forth in the Annex are just "guidelines" and as such are not mandatory procedures. We view the true objective is to provide a representative sample of the fuel being supplied. To this end, Chemoil will provide a Marpol sample that is drawn, sealed, labeled, and signed in accordance with Marpol guidelines.
MARPOL Training Institute Adds Annexes
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. Companies that have previously purchased the training system from MTI will receive these additional annexes as part of their annual update service. MMS is available in English or Portuguese language audio tracks with interactive screen images as well as a Korean language audio track with English text interactive screen images.