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Temporary exemptions for the new NOx Emission Controls Areas in the Baltic Sea and North Sea were agreed

MEPC 71 FUELS FURTHER DEBATE AWAY FROM THE HEADLINES ABOUT BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT, JULY’S MEPC 71 MEETING HAD SOME SIGNIFICANT NEWS ON FUELS AND EMISSIONS

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he decision of the 71st meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee to allow delays to the Ballast Water Management Convention (see page 9) has served to obscure some of the other details to have emerged from July’s meeting. Many of the decisions and discussions concerned fuel and emissions. For instance, the committee adopted new NOx Emission Control Areas in the Baltic Sea and

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North Sea, which will apply to ships constructed after 1 January 2021. Here, temporary exemptions were agreed for ships immediately following their construction or those proceeding to repair. Ballast water aside, the most prevalent non-ballast topics for discussion at MEPC 71 concerned the issues around the consistent implementation of the 0.5 per cent sulphur cap in 2020. Shipowner organisations expressed concerns that, without the

necessary verification and control measures, the cap may not be implemented effectively on a global basis. It was suggested that further work is needed on verification and control, as well as actions to develop a standard format for reporting non-availability of compliant fuel. The committee heard submissions of concern regarding the potential safety implications of using lowsulphur fuel. At present, some blended fuels are not covered

by the ISO 8217 standard. A request was made for ISO to ensure consistency between the relevant ISO standards on marine fuel oils and the implementation of the global 0.5 per cent sulphur limit. A correspondence group has been tasked with developing best practices intended to assist industry stakeholders in assuring the quality of fuel oil delivered to and used on board ships, with respect to both compliance with the Marpol requirements and the safe and efficient operation of the ship. Other issues discussed included how bunker suppliers ought to indicate on the Bunker Delivery Note whether their client is receiving fuel which is above 0.5 per cent sulphur content for use on ships fitted with SOx abatement equipment or

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