DECEMBER 21, 2018 — Port state control authorities are sending shipowners a signal on the need for compliance with the rapidly approaching global sulfur cap. The requirement for a maximum sulfur content of 0.50% m/m for marine fuel oil will enter into force on January 1, 2020. In Emission Control Areas the sulfur limit will be 0.10% m/m.
Starting January 1, 2019, the maritime authorities of the Paris and the Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control will start issuing a letter of warning during inspections to increase awareness of the new regulations and encourage timely compliance.
The aim is to increase awareness of the ships’ crew and company on the matter and to remind and encourage compliance with the relevant MARPOL regulations,
The letter of warning will be issued to ships found not yet ready for compliance with the the regulations.
You can read the letter HERE