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IMO REMINDS OPERATORS ABOUT MARCH HSFO CARRIAGE BAN

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 

According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), consistent implementation of the IMO 2020 regulation which limits sulphur in ships fuel oil has been enhanced as from 1 March 2020, with the entry into force of a rule to ban the carriage of non-compliant fuel oil in non-scrubber equipped ships.

The IMO 2020 regulation limits sulphur in ships' fuel oil to a maximum 0.50%. The regulation has been in force globally since 1 January 2020, under IMO's MARPOL treaty, with benefits for the environment and human health from a reduction in sulphur oxides in the air.

The complementary International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution form ships (MARPOL) amendment prohibits the carriage of non-compliant fuel oil for combustion purposes for propulsion or operation on board a ship - unless the ship has an approved exhaust gas cleaning system ("scrubber") fitted. 

The amendment does not change in any way the 0.50% limit which has been in force since 1 January 2020. It is intended as an additional measure to support consistent implementation and compliance and provide a means for effective enforcement by States, particularly port State control.

In designated emission control areas, the maximum sulphur limit in fuel oil is 0.10 % (the four ECAs are: the Baltic Sea area; the North Sea area; the North American area (covering designated coastal areas off the United States and Canada); and the United States Caribbean Sea area (around Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands)).

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