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Shipping, eco groups demand ban on non-compliant vessel fuels

LEADING maritime shipping organisations have teamed up with environmentalists to demand that the carriage of non-compliant marine fuels be banned after the global 0.5 per cent sulphur cap takes effect in 2020 outside of coastal Emission Control Areas (ECAs).

In a joint statement released ahead of an International Maritime Organisation (IMO) meeting set for February these environmental and shipping bodies claim that such a ban will "help ensure robust, simplified and consistent enforcement" of the global sulphur cap, reported LNG World Shipping.

The statement was issued on behalf of the International Chamber of Shipping, World Shipping Council, BIMCO, Clean Shipping Coalition, International Parcel Tanker Association, Intertanko, CLIA, Friends of the Earth US, Pacific Environment and WWF Global Arctic Programme.

It said: "Unless a ship is using an approved equivalent compliance method, there should be no reason for it to be carrying non-compliant fuels for combustion on board."

The organisations said that while the 2020 sulphur cap will provide "substantial environmental and human health benefits," it will also "significantly increase ships' operating costs and will present major challenges to governments that must ensure consistent enforcement across the globe".

They also warned that "any failure by governments to ensure consistent implementation and enforcement could also lead to serious market distortion and unfair competition".

These organisations will propose the carriage ban on non-compliant marine fuels at the next meeting held by the IMO Sub Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response from February 5-9.
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