February 22, 2018

Shipping firms set for new global requirement

Shipping firms set for new global requirement

Shipping firms across the globe are bracing up for new international reqirements aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emmission.Besides, The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has introduced a Data Collection System (DCS) to aid decision making by the organisation. IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, said: “The data collection system will equip IMO with concrete data to help it make the right decisions, as well as enhancing its credentials as the best placed and competent forum for regulating international shipping,”

Under the new requirements, ships of 5,000 gross tonnages and above will have to collect consumption data for each type of fuel oil they use, as well as other, additional, specified data including proxies for transport work. The ships account for approximately 85 per cent of CO2 emissions from international shipping. The data collected will provide a firm basis on which future decisions on additional measures, over and above those already adopted by IMO, can be made.

The requirements were adopted by the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee, (MEPC) meeting in London last week.Lim said the new requirements sent a clear signal that the IMO is ready to build on the existing technical and operational measures for ship energy efficiency. Meanwhile, the implementation date for the 0.5 per cent global sulphur cap has been set for 2020 by the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee. Read more

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