CENTRO INTERNAZIONALE STUDI CONTAINERS
ANNO XXXVIII - Numero MARZO 2020
SHIPOWNERS AND OPERATORS COULD FACE DETENTION OF SHIPS FROM
1ST MARCH UNDER IMO RULE
Port state control authorities will begin to enforce the IMO's
Sulphur 2020 from 1st March, making it an offense for ships to carry
fuel that contains a sulphur content higher than 0.5 percent unless
the ship has an Exhaust Gas Cleaning System.
The International Chamber of Shipping reminds shipowners and
operators of the impending ban and reiterates the fact that any
ships found to be non-compliant face the prospect of detention.
As of March 1st, enforcement agencies will no longer have to
prove usage. Showing that vessels without Exhaust Gas Cleaning
Systems have non complient fuel aboard will be enough to prove a
violation. Major port state regimes including Paris MoU, Tokyo MoU
and the United States Coast Guard (USCG), have made it plain that
they will rigorously enforce the requirements.
Guy Platten, Secretary General ICS said:
"Since the introduction of IMO 2020 on 1st January, ships
have been given a 'grace period' while the industry transitions to
low-sulphur fuel. As of 1st March this will no longer be the case.
Any ship found in non-compliance faces the prospect of serious fines
and even detention.
"The International Chamber of Shipping has been made aware
that major port State inspection regimes including the United States
Coast Guard (USCG) and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority
(AMSA) have made it clear, in no uncertain terms, that detention of
ships found to be non-compliant is both possible and legally
"The information ICS has received is that shipowners are
fully compliant and ready for the 1st March. We are simply reminding
shipowners and operators that these new rules will come into force
as of Sunday 1st March"
ICS is the principal international trade association for
merchant shipowners and operators, representing all sectors and
trades and over 80% of the world merchant fleet.
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