There have been indications that some States, which have ratified MARPOL Annex VI, may not fully enforce the sulphur regulations on ships trading between ports in waters under their jurisdiction.
TT Club has growing concerns about the lax cargo packing practices and erroneous, sometimes fraudulent, declaration of cargoes.
IMO must ensure full enforcement by member states. There must be a level playing field if this important regulation is going to work.
In a note to customers in China, Hapag-Lloyd says it is implementing fines of US$15,000 per container on shippers with misdeclared hazardous cargo.
Nearly 80 Iran-linked tankers involved in sanctionable activity have been denied the flags they need to sail.
With 1 Jan 2020 less than five and a half months away, INTERCARGO expresses its growing concern in view of the magnitude of challenge lying ahead for the industry and the need for a smooth transition.
BIMCO and INTERTANKO have jointly published Q&As addressing the contractual implications owners and charterers should keep in mind when chartering ships fitted with scrubbers.
From January 2020, the IMO will ban ships from using fuels with a sulfur content above 0.5%, compared with 3.5% now. However, there are still concerns and uncertainty over this regulation.
Francis Lai, Wilhelmsen Ships Service, shares with Lee Kok Leong, our special correspondent, a global overview of the R-22 situation and the recommended options available to help comply with the phase-out.
“Counterfeiters thrive where there is poor governance. It is vital that we do more to protect intellectual property and address corruption.”