Maersk and Other Shipping Leaders Call For Fuel Ban
Maersk is among a diverse group of environmental organisations and members of the global shipping industry that have demanded the end of the carriage of non-compliant marine fuels by 2020 when the global sulphur cap takes place.
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has ruled that by January 1, 2020, the maximum permitted sulphur content of marine fuel outside Emission Control Areas will reduce from 3.5% to 0.5%.
This means that if a ship is using an approved equivalent compliance method, there should be no reason for it to be carrying non-compliant fuels for combustion on board.
The call for prohibition is supported by the International Chamber of Shipping, BIMCO, Clean Shipping Coalition, Cruise Lines International Association, Friends of the Earth U.S, International Parcel Tanker’s Association, INTERTANKO, Pacific Environment, World Shipping Council and WWF Global Arctic Programme.
Søren Toft, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer at A. P. Moller-Maersk, said: “Great to see unprecedented and strong cross-sectoral & NGO support for ban on HighSulpher fuels. Maersk fully support the ban and strong enforcement.”
A ban on high sulphur fuels in #shipping is the best way to secure robust enforcement. Only this will guarantee a level playing field – and ultimately the health and environment objectives of the @IMOHQ sulphur rules.— Maersk (@Maersk) January 22, 2018
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In a joint statement ahead of an IMO meeting in February, where proposals for a carriage ban will be discussed by governments, the group of environmental and shipping organisations said that such a ban will help ensure robust, simplified and consistent enforcement of the global sulphur cap.
The 2020 sulphur cap, which will reduce the sulphur content of marine fuels used, will provide substantial environmental and human health benefits.
However, it will significantly increase ships’ operating costs and will present major challenges to governments, which must ensure consistent enforcement globally.
Any failure by governments to ensure consistent implementation and enforcement could also lead to serious market distortion and unfair competition.
In response to these challenges — and to secure the intended environmental and health benefits — the group say it is of utmost importance that global enforcement of this standard is efficient and robust.
Prior to this statement, several international associations representing the global shipping industry, as well as the Cook Islands and Norway, had already submitted proposals to the IMO to ban the carriage of non-compliant fuels.
These proposals called for an amendment to Annex VI of the MARPOL Convention, stipulating that ships should not carry fuel for propulsion with a sulphur content above 0.5%, unless they are using an approved alternative compliance method.
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