The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is the latest organisation to recommend ship operators start buying their IMO 2020 compliant bunkers early.
“Shipping companies may need to start ordering compliant fuels from as early as the middle of 2019, and they are strongly recommended to commence developing implementation plans as soon as possible,” says ICS Secretary General, Guy Platte.
The advice among several recommendations raised by the shipping organisation as part its latest guidance: Compliance with the 2020 ‘Global Sulphur Cap’ for Ships’ Fuel Oil in Accordance with MARPOL Annex VI.
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INTERTANKO has dismissed any suggestion that the Shipping industry is using the recent spate of “bad bunker” problems as an attempt to delay the enforcement of the upcoming IMO 2020 sulfur regulations
“INTERTANKO believes that this may well be a deliberate diversion to keep any guilty part out of the spotlight,” the association said.
“It is not the deadline of January 2020 which is the issue but the lack of interest and action by relevant authorities to stop contaminated fuels being sold and exported from ports under their jurisdiction. What is required is firm and quick action, not a discussion of important but unrelated subjects.”
The comments came alongside the release of its latest Critical Review, in which it called for the relevant authorities to investigate the matter and take appropriate action.
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