New IMO 2020 regulations to help reduce vessel emissions

January 10, 2020 – C.H. Robinson’ Sri Laxmana recently reported on how the new International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations, known as IMO 2020, calls for cutting emissions of Sulphur oxide (SOx) from ocean vessels to less than 0.50% m/m. This initiative, which went into effect on January 1, 2020, is slated to help reduce the environmental impact of the international shipping industry.

Blue ocean container vessel

With more than 80 percent of global trade conducted by ocean shipping, the IMO ruled that it was important to establish sustainable shipping practices for the future, especially for populations living close to ports and coasts.

These IMO 2020 regulations require the lowest globally applied requirements of Sulphur oxide emissions to date. According to Mr. Laxmana, “Individual countries are responsible for monitoring compliance and enforcing the new regulations. Both the state of registry of a ship and port states have rights and responsibilities to enforce compliance. According to the IMO, ships of all sizes will need to use fuel oil that meets the 2020 regulations.

At this time, the IMO does not allow exemptions to the regulations. That said, if a ship cannot obtain compliant fuel oil, they can complete a fuel oil non-availability report (FONAR). The port state control can take this into account when processing, but this does not qualify as an exemption for that vessel.”

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