NL 207/19 | Early Warning on Global 2020 Sulfur Cap Compliance

Feb 14, 2019


Refers to: Ship Owners / Managers/ Operators, PHRS Representatives/ Surveyors             

Action Date: January 1st, 2020

The Maritime Authorities of Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU on Port State Control announced that their officers will start issuing a Letter of Warning from 1st January 2019 on the sulfur content of marine fuels during inspections on ships in order to increase awareness of and to encourage timely compliance with the new requirements of MARPOL Annex VI (Regulations 14 and 18), known as the global 2020 Sulfur cap, which will enter to force from 1 January 2020.

The requirement of maximum sulfur content of 0,50% m/m for marine fuel oil will enter into force on 1 January 2020, and will have considerable implications on ship operators, the fuel oil supply chain and the industry as a whole.

For the purpose of facilitating smooth and consistent implementation of the global 2020 sulfur cap, the Paris and the Tokyo Memorandum will carry out a joint information campaign by issuing a letter of warning to ships during inspections from 1 January to 31 December 2019.

A similar approach has been already implemented by PHRS towards it's clients, ship-owners and managers by placing a relevant entry into the memoranda section of the surveys status of the applicable vessels.

Click here in order to view the relevant Press Release.

The letter of warning which may be issued by the PSCOs of Paris MoU can be found here.

February 13th, 2019 - PHRS Head Office