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IBIA calls for early adoption of Marine Fuel Sulphur Verification Procedure

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) is calling for the governments of IMO Member States to adopt the MARPOL Annex VI sulphur verification procedure prior to entering into force on 1 April 2022.

This is to ensure a consistent approach to verifying sulphur limit compliance without delay, in line with Circular MEPC.1/Circ.882 issued by MEPC 74 in 2019.

Currently, an in-use or onboard sample testing between 0.51% and 0.53 % sulphur content could be deemed non-compliant by the port state control authorities that do not apply the amended verification procedure. However, test methods have limitations with regards to their accuracy and a single test result of 0.53% sulphur does not conclusively prove that a fuel has failed to meet the 0.50% sulphur limit. The amended procedure recognises single test reproducibility and allows a test margin of up to 0.53% sulphur

Uncertainty over marginally non-compliant fuel samples can lead to lengthy disputes and de-bunkering operations, which may impact the vessel’s schedule and generate increased carbon emissions.

The full IBIA article can be found here.

North’s comprehensive and industry-leading guidance on the IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap can be found here.

Source: North