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News: UAE instructions to vessels for oil sulphur limit

17 January 2020

The UAE Federal Transport Authority (FTA) circular No 11 2019 provides that from 1 January 2020 all UAE flagged and foreign flagged vessels entering UAE waters are to use fuel oil with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.50% m/m.

Exemptions apply to vessels using alternative measures such as the exhaust gas cleaning system or other fuels that comply with the required emission levels.

Vessels using non-compliant fuel oil must submit a Fuel Oil Non-Availability Report (FONAR) before departing the last port and at least 48 hours before entering UAE waters.

From 1 March 2020 non-compliant vessels will be prohibited from entering UAE waters.

The FTA circular is attached on the right for further reference.

We thank our correspondent GAC Dubai for providing the FTA circular.