SEA\LNG comes out in support of non-compliant fuel carriage ban

SEA\LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, has thrown its support behind the carriage ban on non-compliant fuels proposed by the IMO when the 0.5% sulphur fuel limit comes into force in January 2020.

The IMO's sub-committee on pollution prevention and response (PPR) has agreed draft amendments to the MARPOL Convention on the prevention of pollution from ships (MARPOL Annex VI), prohibiting the carriage of non-compliant fuel oil for use on board that exceeds the 0.5% sulphur limit due to come into effect on January 1, 2020. This carriage ban does not apply to ships with an approved equivalent arrangement to meet the sulphur limit - such as an exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) or so-called scrubber.

Peter Keller, SEA\LNG chairman and Tote evp said: "We urge formal approval of this proposal at MEPC 72 in April to ensure early adoption at MEPC 73 (in October). This will allow the shipping industry to work with the IMO, Flag, and Port State authorities to develop robust and consistent enforcement processes in a timely manner."

He continued: "A carriage ban, as proposed, will provide greater certainty to shipping lines considering new build and retrofit investment options for compliant marine fuelling solutions such as LNG. It lessens the chances of these investments being undercut by less scrupulous operators looking to burn non-compliant fuels. It will also send a strong message to suppliers, urging them to make the necessary investments in plants and infrastructure to deliver compliant marine fuels."

A coalition of 31 members and growing, SEA\LNG represents the entire supply chain, uniting key players including shipping companies, classification societies, ports, major LNG suppliers, downstream companies, infrastructure providers, shipyards, OEMs, and financial institutions. Its vision is of a competitive global LNG value chain for cleaner maritime shipping by 2020.

Posted 14 March 2018

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Vincent Wee

Asia Editor, Seatrade Maritime News