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November 2, 2018

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Intercargo exhorts the IMO to make more in order to allow with the shipping to adapt itself to new norms 2020 on the fuel

To assure the consistent fuel availability world-wise - the association emphasizes - is of fundamental importance for the ships employed in the traffics tramp

Today Intercargo, the shipowning association that represents the active societies of the field in the segment of the bulk transport sand banks, has launch a new alarm in sight of the effectiveness on January 1°, 2020 of the norms agreed near the International Maritime Organization that will reduce to 0.5% the limit of the sulfur tenor in fuel used from the ships, limit that currently is of 3.5%.

Referring to the recent reunion of the Committee for the protection of the marine atmosphere of the IMO, held last week(on 29 October 2018), in which they are listened to the worry of the organizations of the field of the shipping, between which those expressed by Intercargo, worries - it has evidenced the association of the shipowners of portarinfuse for cargos dry - regarding which constructive ways are offered with which they could be faced, Intercargo have restated to fully support the introduction of the new norms, but has evidenced that the association "cannot ignore the relative problems to safety that most likely will introduce with this new important regulations and unavoidably it must give voice to our worries so that an elevated level of consistent fuel to the conventions Marpol and Solas is guaranteed".

Intercargo has found that "the effective implementation, corrected and ordered of the regulations it is not only based on the marine operators, but also on the Member States of the IMO and on the suppliers, included the oil refineries, the suppliers of bunker and the charters, that they must assure the sure consistent fuel availability world-wise, what that it constitutes a problem of I find for the ships employed in the traffics tramp for the bulk transport sand banks".

"It is our firm conviction, dates the dimensions and the challenges of the demanded transition - a note of Intercargo evidences - that is necessary a coherent application of the regulations. A uniform approach by the inspectors of Port Is been Control must be put into effect in egual measure to the ships that depend on the consistent fuel supply and to those which they are adapted opting for alternative methods as the installation of scrubber for purification of drainage gases, taking into consideration the fact that at the beginning of 2020 will be necessary a regarding remarkable operating experience the conformity. It is of fundamental importance - it has concluded the association - to guarantee safety of the crews, the ships and cargos and the protection of the atmosphere".

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