ECSA welcomes MEPC 73 outcomes

The ECSA has welcomed the progress made at MEPC 73 on some key environmental issues Photo: IMO The ECSA has welcomed the progress made at MEPC 73 on some key environmental issues Photo: IMO

The ECSA welcomed the progress made at Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) 73 on some key environmental issues affecting the whole marine industry.

Major developments were the adoption of the ban from 1 March 2020 on carriage of non-compliant fuel and the compromise reached on collecting data from the world fleet on fuel oil non-availability and quality without any delay in the implementation of the 2020 sulphur rules.

“We welcome the guidelines on implementation of the global 0.5% sulphur in fuel cap, which takes effects on 1 January 2020, including a template for implementation planning as requested by the industry,” said Martin Dorsman, ECSA.

Key issues

But Mr Dorsman warned that there are still some key safety issues to be addressed which need to be handled by the IMO, both at the next MEPC and by the Maritime Safety Committee in December 2018.

At MEPC 73, the IMO also continued working towards implementing the ambitious GHG reduction strategy agreed in April 2018.

It did this by adopting an Action Plan for the development of short-term measures that will deliver additional CO2 reductions before 2023 plus longer-term measures that will eventually achieve full decarbonisation of international shipping.

Mr Dorsman said that the way is now clear to make detailed proposals for specific CO2 reduction measures at the next MEPC in May 2019.

“But the shipping industry intends to come forward with detailed ideas, potentially including new and innovative measures for long term CO2 reduction and the development of zero CO2 fuels,” he said.

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