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Relevant for design offices, shipyards, suppliers, owners/managers, flag states.
The following is a summary of the most relevant decisions made by MEPC 73.
To ensure a consistent implementation and enforcement of the global 0.5% sulphur cap, IMO adopted regulations banning the carriage of non-compliant fuel in fuel tanks, unless the ship is equipped with a scrubber. The ban will enter into force in March 2020. There is no change to the 1 January 2020 deadline on the 0.5% global sulphur limit.
To assist ship owners in preparing for the global sulphur cap, a Ship Implementation Plan guideline was approved and will be made available. The MEPC decided not to introduce an Experience Building Phase, but instead agreed to further consider systematic data gathering, and analysis of fuel quality and availability, to monitor the implementation. This will not however result in amendments to requirements.
Reduction of GHG emissions
Following up on the GHG reduction strategy adopted in April 2018, MEPC agreed on a follow-up action plan. According to the plan, discussions on the details of specific reduction measures will start at MEPC 74 in May 2019, hence no concrete actions at this stage. DNV GL expects the initial focus to be on proposals related to EEDI and SEEMP.
Energy Efficiency Design Index
Based on a review of the future EEDI requirements, MEPC discussed an increase of the Phase 3 reduction requirements. The proposal was to increase the requirements to 40% for container vessels starting in 2022; retain the 30% for general cargo vessels, but starting in 2022; and to retain the current requirements and timeline (2025) for tankers, bulkers and all ro-ro ship categories. Various proposals were discussed for the other ship types.
However, MEPC 73 was not able to conclude on this matter and deferred the decision on approval of the amendments to MEPC 74 to May 2019.
MEPC started to discuss how to address plastic litter from shipping and developed an action plan. The measures within the plan should be completed by 2025.
MEPC approved amendments to allow electronic record books under MARPOL. If adopted in May 2019, the amendments are expected to enter into force in 2021. A separate newsletter on this will shortly be communicated.
- DNV GL recommends its customers to continue preparing for the global 0.5% sulphur cap from 1 January 2020 and note the ban on carrying non-compliant fuel from 1 March 2020.
- Note that proposals for concrete GHG control measures will be discussed in May 2019. Note also the discussion on amendments to EEDI requirements and the opening for using electronic record books.
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IMO requirements July 2018 to May 2021
This statutory news summarizes the most important IMO requirements entering into force from 1 July 2018 up to and including 31 May 2021.
Outcome of the IMO SSE 6 meeting - from habitable life boat environments to Ro-Ro deck fires
The IMO sub-committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE) met in London on 4–8 March 2019. This statutory news summarizes the main topics discussed, such as, life-saving appliances, fire safety of Ro-Ro passenger ships, and on-board lifting appliances. All agreements made at the meeting are subject to final approval by MSC 101 in June 2019.
Recommissioning of laid-up ships and mobile offshore units - how to avoid surprises
When the market moves back from a downturn, vessels are leaving the lay-up buoys and the focus shifts from preservation to recommissioning. DNV GL has accumulated its best practices into a revised Recommended Practice (RP) containing a new approach for assurance of non-class equipment and systems during recommissioning.
Sulphur limit in ECAs - increased risk of PSC deficiencies and detentions
DNV GL keeps customers and other stakeholders updated on various aspects of the global 2020 sulphur cap and its implications for maritime shipping. While the global cap of 0.5% is just around the corner – entering into force on 1 January 2020 – this PSC news focuses on existing emission control areas (ECAs) with a 0.10% sulphur limit and the role of port state control (PSC) inspections.
2020 sulphur update - outcome of the IMO PPR 6 meeting
The MEPC sub-committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) met at the IMO in London, 18-22 February 2019. Top of the agenda was the consistent implementation of the 0.50% sulphur limit under MARPOL Annex VI, in force from 1 January 2020. This statutory news contains a summary of topics related to sulphur and the implementation of the 2020 sulphur cap. Items agreed at the meeting are subject to final approval/adoption at MEPC 74 in May 2019.
The EU ship recycling regulation - coming into general application on 31 December 2018
The EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR) is coming into general application on 31 December 2018. Additional requirements are imposed to any new EU-flagged vessel and vessels under EU-flag going for recycling. These measures are subject to PSC and flag state inspections effective from 2019. This statutory news provides you with a summary of the EU SRR (1257/2013) and recommendations of how to manage the Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) process.
Update on emissions to air regulations for ships operating in Chinese coastal waters
This statutory news covers vital information from the Chinese Ministry of Transport: introduction of a 0.5% sulphur limit for ships entering China’s coastal waters, and updated NOx regulations for imported ships engaged in domestic trade. Both regulations will enter into force on 1 January 2019.
Make sure you comply with IMO DCS – Deadline 1 January 2019
With three weeks to go before IMO’s fuel data collection system (DCS) starts on 1 January 2019, many companies still have not submitted their SEEMP Part II fuel oil consumption data collection plan for approval. This statutory news contains some last-minute recommendations.