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Global sulphur cap compliant fuel oil already available on west coast of India: Minister

In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, the Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge), Mr Mansukh Mandaviya, informed that the government has taken many steps to clear the uncertainty of the shipping industry arising out of the impending IMO regulations to reduce the level of sulphur oxide emissions from ship’s exhaust from January, 2020.

He also informed that Indian Oil Corporation has already started supplying global sulphur cap compliant fuel oil, which is at present available on the west coast of India. Complete supply by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation and Indian Oil is expected with effect from December 2019.

As per a release, the details of the steps taken are as follows:

The Directorate-General of Shipping issued Engineering Circular 02 of 2019 (Compliance with the provisions of MARPOL Annex VI. Regulation 14) on August 29, 2019, which provides guidance to stakeholders on the following aspects, for a consistent and smooth implementation towards compliance with the global sulphur cap (0.5 per cent mass/mass max.) effective from January 1, 2020:

* Preparation of a ship implementation plan to mitigate risks which may arise due to quality of fuel oil supplied in various parts of the world.

* Procedure for issuance of International Air Pollution Prevention (IAPP) certificate by recognised organisations.

*Procedure for acceptance of alternative arrangement such as fitment of scrubbers to meet the regulatory requirements.

* Inspection methodology to be followed by the Indian Port State Control Officers.

* Guidance to approved bunker suppliers regarding regulatory changes in bunker receipts and maintenance of quality of supply chain.

* Web link for assessing list of approved bunker suppliers.

* A centralised help desk at the Directorate-General of Shipping to help owners/managers facing issues related to non-availability of compliant fuel at foreign ports or breakdown of alternative means of compliance (scrubbers).


Source : Exim News Service - New Delhi, Dec. 1


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