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INTERCARGO raises Safety concerns

(Posted on 31/07/19)

With 1 January 2020 just five months away, INTERCARGO expresses its growing concern in view of

the magnitude of the challenge lying ahead for the industry and the need for a smooth transition.

The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO) is representing the interests of quality dry cargo

shipowners, with 2,200 registered ships out of 11,000 ships in the global dry bulk fleet, corresponding to 25% of the global dry bulk fleet basis

The global availability of safe compliant fuels remains a key question largely unanswered. The requirement for the

sulphur content of fuel oil used by ships operating outside designated emission control areas not to exceed 0.50% as

of 1 January 2020 marks a sea change in the marine fuels’ supply chain.

It is extremely worrying that compliant fuels have so far been made available only in a limited number of ports and

under unfavourable terms for voluntary early testing by ships, as Charterers/Operators are not currently obliged to

purchase future compliant fuel. Hence, the practical testing of new fuels and crew training, which is only possible

under real conditions aboard ships, is very limited and pushed to the end of year – this situation creates significant

safety implications for the operation of ships, which could eventually threaten the safety of seafarers, ships, and

cargoes, as well as the marine environment.

In anticipation of the new fuels made available for practical testing aboard ships well before the end of 2019, it is

urged that:

? the fuel supply industry provides the market with significant volumes of compliant fuels at many ports

around the world, so that all sectors can be serviced, including the dry bulk sector

? the Charterers/Operators start purchasing these fuels

? the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) related to the 0.50% limit is made available as soon as possible to

provide guidance on the application of the existing ISO 8217 specification for marine fuels

? the ship Owners/Operators enhance crew training. Seafarers deserve our special consideration, as the

industry will largely rely on their skills for managing the new compliant fuels aboard ships on the high seas to

ensure a smooth implementation of this drastic change.

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