Marine pollution warning over new ship fuel rules

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has agreed that vessels equipped with approved scrubbing technology will be exempted from a 0.50% sulphur limit from early 2020 onwards

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has agreed that vessels equipped with approved scrubbing technology will be exempted from a 0.50% sulphur limit from early 2020 onwards, but some observers have warned the measure could increase dumping of heavy fuels in the sea.

At an IMO meeting last week in London, the UN’s shipping agency agreed an amendment that it said would “support consistent implementation” of the 0.50% limit on sulphur in ships that will apply from early 2020 onwards, replacing the current threshold of 3.5%.

Please sign in to access this article. To subscribe, view our subscription options, or take out a free trial.

Please enter your details

Forgotten password?

Having trouble signing in?

Contact Customer Support at
subs@endseurope.com
or call 020 8267 8120

Not a subscriber?

Take a free trial now to discover the critical insights and updates our coverage offers subscribers.