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July 2018

China cuts age of import ships further to reduce emissions

The Chinese Ministry of Transport has announced new regulations requiring all ships imported for domestic use, and Chinese flagged ships for international use, to be compliant with IMO Tier II emissions standards from 1 September 2018, in a bid to cut NOx emissions from diesel engines.

BIMCO calls on IMO to adapt more accurate sulphur verification procedures

BIMCO and partners have submitted a paper to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), proposing ways to secure a uniform and more accurate way of interpreting results, when measuring the level of sulphur in fuel oil.

BIMCO tackling safety challenges around sulphur cap at IMO

The safety challenges connected with the implementation of the 0.50% sulphur cap are numerous, but not insurmountable. The issues are to some extent known from the implementation of the sulphur emission control areas (SECA) in 2015, among others loss of power, leaking fuel and lower flashpoints. Other issues have to be managed by digging out the experience from the 1980’s with very bad fuel oil quality e.g. instability and incompatibility.

BIMCO drafts standard documentation for ships unable to get compliant fuel in 2020

BIMCO has drafted a standard form which can provide documentation for shipowners unable to buy compliant fuel in a port. The standard will be discussed at the Intersessional meeting the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in July.

China plans further tightening of shipping emissions

The Chinese government is planning to expand the country’s Emission Control Areas (ECA) in a bid to cut emissions from the shipping industry further and enhance environmental protection.

BIMCO suggests sulphur implementation plan for ships

It is a daunting task so prepare a fleet of ships for the sulphur regulations. Therefore, BIMCO has, together with the partners behind a new IMO-proposal, made a draft for an implementation plan for achieving compliance with the 0.5% global sulphur cap. The plan has the additional purpose of showing the good faith of the ship operator during inspections.

BIMCO asks for changes in sulphur sampling proposal

BIMCO argues for clear regulations for when and where the samples for fuel in use are taken. The current proposal for sulphur content sampling of fuel on ships would require extensive fitting of new sampling points.

June 2018

New clause in the pipeline to address the 2020 global sulphur limit

In response to the global sulphur limit of no more than 0.50% that will come into force on 1 January 2020, BIMCO has established a subcommittee for the development of a charter party clause that will address the issues related to the new regulations.

US regulations affecting your ships - get the May 2018 update!

This is the latest in a series of reports supplied by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) with the intention of keeping BIMCO members appraised of legislative developments in the US affecting international shipping. BIMCO highlights only the relevant developments that would impact members. The full CSA May report is also provided.

May 2018

US regulations affecting your ships - get the April 2018 update!

This is the latest in a series of reports supplied by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) with the intention of keeping BIMCO members appraised of legislative developments in the US affecting international shipping. BIMCO highlights only the relevant developments that would impact members. The full CSA April report is also provided.

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