Leaders of LNG fuelling association SEA\LNG have called for greater and compliance and enforcement of Marpol VI Regulations ahead of the upcoming 2020 cap on sulphur emissions.
The International Maritime Organisations (IMO) regulations require a global sulphur cap of 0.5% from 2020 but SEA\LNG has voiced concerned that not enough is being done to ensure that these limits are imposed.
“Shipping has made significant progress in reducing its environmental impact from harmful emissions, but more needs to be done... Effective and consistent enforcement, across all jurisdictions of the IMO emissions regulations, will be essential to ensure more environmentally friendly shipping and a level playing field for all shipping companies,” SEA\LNG chairman Peter Keller commented.
“Clear obligation” to regulation
While acknowledging the challenging economic environment for shippers, SEA\LNG called on Port State Authorities to recognize their “clear obligation” to create the groundwork for the IMO regulations in the lead up to 2020 and to enforce them thereafter.
“We recognise that there are barriers and limitations, but … We do, however, require a greater sense of urgency and commitment… While enforcement has always been a difficult issue, now is the time for all IMO members to understand the importance of this regulation and ensure that it is implemented and enforced as envisioned,” Keller added.
The consortium noted the positive momentum in the sector with six LNG bunker vessels expected to be in operation by the end of 2017, up from just one at the start of the year, and the role this infrastructure will play in delivering fuel in a way that is “normal” for shipowners.