International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) will take on the subject of IMO’s forthcoming global cap on sulphur in marine fuels at their 100th session in early December this year.
The committee will review decisions taken during the 73rd meeting of IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee, which approved guidance for shipowners and operators planning to implement the sulphur cap as well as guidance around best practices for fuel oil suppliers.
According to a statement from IMO, MSC members will address “safety implications associated with low-sulphur fuel oil and take action, as appropriate, noting the initiative of industry organisations to develop industry guidance and possibly training materials”.
Intertanko and others have highlighted potential dangers posed by new low-sulphur fuel oil blends created to meet the 0.5% limit on sulphur, which include engine failure.
Earlier this year, a spate of engine and component damage was linked to suspected issues with low-sulphur blends in the US.
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