INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION
Taking bold action to clean up shipping emissions
by reducing the Sulphur content in ships’ fuel oil.
From 1 January 2020 , limit for Sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships operating outside designated emission control areas will be reduced to 0.50 % m/m (mass by mass), from 3.50 % m/m
This limit is set in Annex VI of the
International Maritime Organization (IMO)
International convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL)
Responsible for Enforcement
Monitoring and enforcement of the new limit falls to Governments and national authorities of member States that are Parties to MARPOL Annex VI.
Flag states (the state of registry of ship) and port states have rights and responsibilities to enforce compliance.
SHIPS AND VESSELS COMPLIANCE OPTIONS
- Use a compliant fuel oil with a Sulphur content that does not exceed 0.50%
- If exceeding 0.50%, use an equivalent e.g. an Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (scrubber)
- Use an alternative fuel e.g. LNG, methanol
- Use onshore power supply when at berth