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25 Feb 2020

News: Restrictions on the use of open-loop scrubbers in France, Portugal, Spain and Gibraltar

Members with ships fitted with scrubbers and trading in European ports are advised that based on the information provided by the club’s correspondents in France, Portugal, Spain and Gibraltar that there are restrictions placed on the use of open loop systems.

11 Feb 2020

News: IMO-2020 sulphur cap - issues to consider prior to the implementation of the carriage ban on 1 March 2020

The ban mandates that fuel oil used and carried on board ships must not exceed the 0.50% sulphur limit, unless the ship is provided with ‘equivalent’ compliance mechanism.

3 Feb 2020

News: Scrubber installation delays in China due to novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak

The club has received some queries from the members concerned to check whether such situation would fall within ‘force majeure’.

24 Jan 2020

News: Reminder of requirements for complying with the California Ocean-Going Vessel Fuel Regulation

CARB has issued Marine Notice 2020-1 to remind vessel owners and operators that the requirements under the OGV Fuel Regulation remain in effect.

23 Jan 2020

News: Indonesia - uncertainty over availability of LSFO

There is also some uncertainty over the extent to which the Indonesian authorities will enforce the sulphur regulations.

21 Jan 2020

News: Prohibition on discharge of wash-water from open-loop scrubbers in Port of Karachi, Pakistan

Members with ships fitted with scrubbers and calling at the Port of Karachi are recommended to take note of the recent circular and comply with local regulations.

20 Jan 2020

News: USCG revised guidance on the Implementation of MARPOL Annex VI

The guidance outlines how the USCG will enforce MARPOL Annex VI requirements in respect of the sulphur content within the fuel oil that is used or carried for use for all ships within either of the two US Emission Control Areas.

20 Jan 2020

News: Bahrain Marine Notice for use of Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS)

The notice provides information to Bahraini and foreign flagged vessels calling at Bahraini ports or operating in Bahraini waters.

17 Jan 2020

News: Suez Canal Authority clarifies position on open-loop scrubbers

Egypt has not yet ratified MARPOL Annex VI, which means that the new sulphur limits adopted by the IMO are not currently being enforced in Egyptian waters. However, the position with regards to the use of open-loop scrubbers has until recently been unclear.

17 Jan 2020

News: UAE instructions to vessels for oil sulphur limit

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.

16 Jan 2020

News: China MSA publishes Guidance for Supervision and Management of Air Emissions from Ships

This provides guidance on the implementation of the IMO 2020 sulphur cap regulation

14 Jan 2020

News: Compliant fuel availability issues

The club has been notified by a few concerned members on the non-availability of the compliant fuel at certain ports.

10 Jan 2020

News: IMO 2020 enforcement actions in China

Since 1 January 2020 there have been two separate ships in Chinese waters that have been found to be using non-compliant fuel.

7 Jan 2020

News: US EPA amends rule to allow sale of 0.5% sulphur marine fuel

The amendment is significant as it shows that the EPA intends to regulate the production and distribution of fuel in the US, regardless of where that fuel may be burned and whether the fuel is bunkered into ships equipped with scrubbers that will burn the fuel entirely outside of US waters.

3 Jan 2020

News: High sediment reported in test samples of IMO 2020-fuel blends

In accordance with the ISO 8217:2017 standards, bunker fuel should contain no more than 0.10% m/m sediment. However, the tests done by AmSpec Services and FOBAS on the low-sulphur marine blends acquired in Houston, Singapore, Antwerp and other European ports have found higher sediment levels.

2 Jan 2020

News: De-bunkering of HSFO

Members have been and continue to be faced with the need to de-bunker MARPOL Annex VI non-compliant fuel before the carriage ban comes into effect on 1 March.

31 Dec 2019

News: IMO Sulphur Cap coming into force

The shipping industry has been working tirelessly to ensure it is prepared for the IMO Sulphur Cap and there is a smooth transition on 1 January 2020.

30 Dec 2019

News: Requirements for the use of scrubbers in Australian waters & reporting to AMSA

Members with ships trading in Australian waters are advised that AMSA has issued a marine notice 05/2019 on the requirements for the use of scrubbers in Australian waters and associated reporting.

30 Dec 2019

News: Use of scrubbers in US Waters

This update outlines the USCG’s methods and procedures for verifying compliance with MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 14 (Sulphur Oxides [SOx] and Particulate Matter [PM]) as well as Regulation 18 (Fuel Oil Availability & Quality).

18 Dec 2019

Article: Sulphur 2020 Compendium - How are individual port states expected to react?

With the new sulphur limits soon to be in force, Standard Club has been investigating the ways in which certain jurisdictions are expected to react to violations.

11 Dec 2019

Article: Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (Scrubber) Guidance

If members elect to comply with the IMO global sulphur cap by fitting scrubbers, they will need to consider a few factors.

3 Dec 2019

Article: Preparations intensify as IMO 2020 global sulphur cap looms

With less than a month to go for the impending IMO 2020 global sulphur cap, the club has started witnessing dispute cases relating to the measurement of sulphur content in the fuel.

27 Nov 2019

News: Malaysia bans open-loop scrubbers

Malaysia has become the latest country to ban the use of open-loop scrubbers in its waters (12 nautical miles from land).

11 Nov 2019

News: China MSA Notice on the implementation of 2020 Global Sulphur Limit

In order to effectively implement the IMO's 2020 global sulphur limit, China Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) has issued a notice

14 Oct 2019

Article: Use of IMO 2020 Compliant Fuels

For members who have chosen to achieve compliance with IMO 2020 by using low sulphur fuel oil, this article serves to understand the specific aspects and variabilities of the 0.50% fuels.

13 Sep 2019

News: The Mediterranean ECA

The Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean was adopted with the aim of reducing pollution and protecting the marine environment in the Mediterranean Sea. The convention now has 22 contracting parties, all of whom have committed to take measures to assess and reduce pollution from ships travelling through the area.

19 Jul 2019

Press Article: IMO 2020 the risks facing those that insure tankers

David Roberts, managing director of Charles Taylor Mutual Management (Asia), which manages The Standard Club Asia Ltd, discusses the risks facing tanker insurers from IMO 2020.

18 Jul 2019

Article: IMO 2020 - Bunker tank cleaning and preparation to receive compliant fuel

Members who have chosen to achieve compliance with the regulations by using low sulphur fuel oil, will need to start preparatory and precautionary steps several months ahead of the regulatory enforcement date.

3 Jul 2019

Web Alert: Changes to US ECA FONAR reporting procedure

Members with ships operating in the North American (NA) or U.S. Caribbean Sea Emission Control Area (ECA) are advised that a change of procedure has been introduced in the two ECAs.

2 Jul 2019

Web Alert: New ICS Guidelines (updated 1 July 2019) on compliance with the 2020 ‘Global Sulphur Cap’

Further to the club’s previous web-alert, members are advised that an updated version (1 July 2019) of the ICS guidelines on compliance with the 2020 ‘Global Sulphur Cap’ are available now.

24 Jun 2019

24 June 2019, Standard Club circular - The 2020 Global Sulphur Cap

Please read attached circulars.

24 Jun 2019

Web Alert: IMO 2020 guidelines for Singapore-registered ships and for ships calling to Port of Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), in collaboration with the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), has published the second edition of two technical guides on the impending 0.50% fuel oil global sulphur cap.

24 Jun 2019

Article: MEPC-74 Outcome - 2020 Sulphur Update

The meeting was significant being the last MEPC session before the global sulphur cap comes into force from 1 January 2020.

19 Jun 2019

Article: Sampling of fuel oil used on board (PSC enforcement criteria)

Regulation 18 of MARPOL Annex VI covers issues relating to fuel quality, sampling, and delivery requirements. While the responsibility to comply with this regulation lies with the fuel oil suppliers, the reality is that the enforcement agencies generally look to ships to verify compliance.

19 Jun 2019

Article: Guidance on contingency measures for addressing non-compliant fuel oil

The sixth session of IMO’s sub-committee on Pollution Prevention & Response (PPR 6), held from 18 to 22 February 2019, agreed on a standard format as an appendix to the draft guidelines on consistent implementation of the 0.50% sulphur limit, which also covers 0.10% fuel non-availability.

28 May 2019

Press Article: The perplexities of the IMO’s 2020 global sulphur cap

Eva Kelesidou, Claims Executive, has written an article in Maritime Risk International about the challenges associated with the IMO 2020 sulphur cap

16 Apr 2019

Article: IMO 2020 - charterparty FAQs

The below FAQs are intended to assist members (as owners and charterers) in preparing their charterparties for IMO 2020. Whilst this is not intended to be formal legal or technical advice or an exhaustive list of FAQs, it seeks to identify chartering issues arising from IMO 2020, including potential contractual responsibilities and liabilities in respect of compliance.

16 Apr 2019

Article: IMO 2020 - scrubber FAQs for charterparties

The below FAQs about scrubbers are intended to assist members (as owners and charterers) in preparing their charterparties for IMO 2020. Whilst this is not intended to be formal legal or technical advice or an exhaustive list of FAQs, it seeks to identify chartering issues arising from IMO 2020, including potential contractual responsibilities and liabilities in respect of compliance.

10 Apr 2019

Web Alert: South Africa - Effective implementation of IMO 2020 0.50% Sulphur Cap

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has recently published two Marine Notices.

25 Feb 2019

Press Article: Sulphur cap regulation will increase P&I exposure

Eddy Morland, Head of the International Division at The Standard Club, discusses the IMO sulphur cap regulation that kicks in on March 1, 2020.

13 Feb 2019

Web Alert: 'FONAR' systems in view of the 2020 sulphur regulations

The IMO has attempted to reduce airborne emissions from ships through Annex VI of the MARPOL Convention, which first came into force in 2005. This includes a global limit for the sulphur content of ship’s fuel oil, as well as more stringent controls within designated ‘Emission Control Areas’ (ECAs).

28 Jan 2019

Web Alert: IMO 2020 sulphur cap update - Port of Fujairah to ban use of open-loop scrubbers

The Port of Fujairah, the largest bunkering port in the Middle East will ban the use of open-loop scrubbers and will require all ships to use compliant fuel oil when the IMO 2020 sulphur cap comes into force.

16 Jan 2019

Web Alert: China ECAs & emission control requirements from 1 January 2019

The Ministry of Transport of China (MOT) has issued notice (no. [2018] 168) informing on the latest emission control requirements and expanded geographical scope of Chinese emissions control areas (ECAs) which are in effect from 1 January 2019

11 Jan 2019

Web Alert: IMO's Guidance on Ship Implementation Plan for 2020 Global Sulphur Cap

IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), during its seventy-third session (22-26 October 2018) agreed that Administrations should encourage ships flying their flag to develop implementation plans, outlining how the ship may prepare in order to comply with the required sulphur content limit of 0.5% by 1 January 2020.

9 Jan 2019

Web Alert: PSC Joint Information Campaign on Global 2020 Sulphur Cap Compliance

Members are advised on the recent press release issued by the Paris and Tokyo MOUs announcing the launch of the PSC joint information campaign in order to facilitate smooth and consistent implementation of the global 2020 sulphur cap 2020.

19 Dec 2018

Web Alert: BIMCO's 2020 Sulphur Clauses for Time Charterparties

The wording of the clauses, as well as the associated guidelines, concerning the switch to fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5% as of 1 January 2020 are available to download from the BIMCO website.

30 Nov 2018

Web Alert: Prohibition of open-loop scrubber wash-water discharge in port of Singapore

The requirement takes immediate effect, however, IMO’s Global Sulphur cap will come into force from 1 January 2020, so ships can continue to use fuel (with sulphur content not exceeding 3.5%) without using scrubbers until 2020.

31 Oct 2018

Web Alert: New ICS Guidelines on compliance with the 2020 ‘Global Sulphur Cap’

This publication is provisional guidance by the ICS and has been prepared for the vast majority of ships that will comply with the Global Sulphur Cap immediately after 1 January 2020

12 Sep 2018

Web Alert: Early implementation of low sulphur fuel oil (0.5%) requirement for ships in Yangtze River Delta ECA (from 1 Oct 2018)

This move comes ahead of the original timeline of Chinese ECA regulation. The implementation in the Pearl River Delta and Bohai Sea Area ECAs remains unchanged.

22 Aug 2018

Web Alert: Off-specification bunkers, Houston area

The issues with contaminated bunker supplies in the Houston area earlier this year continue and have begun to spread worldwide.

8 Aug 2018

Web Alert: IMO 2020 global sulphur cap

With less than eighteen months to go until the 2020 global sulphur cap deadline, members are faced with a decision of how to comply.

7 Aug 2018

Web Alert: Loss Prevention - Regulation Update 2018/19

With the constantly evolving regulatory landscape, it is essential to keep abreast of the industry developments and understand the challenges when addressing compliance or deliberating commercial decisions.

23 Mar 2018

Web Alert: IMO fuel oil consumption data collection system (IMO-DCS)

The Club's previous web alert on MEPC-70 outcome mentioned about IMO’s introduction of the Data Collection System (IMO-DCS), which runs in parallel to the European Union Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (EU-MRV) regulation, but on a different timeline.

19 Mar 2018

Web Alert - Implementation of 0.5% sulphur limit for all foreign vessels entering Taiwanese ports from 1 Jan 2019

Members are advised regarding the latest announcement from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) of Taiwan which requires all foreign vessels entering Taiwanese ports to use 0.5% sulphur fuel or other compliant fuel from 1 January 2019.