Latest news from Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International Magazine

ICS welcomes sulphur cap efforts

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) says it is encouraged by efforts made to resolve some pressing practical challenges of the global implementation of the 0.5 percent sulphur in fuel cap, which comes into effect on January 1, 2020.

Speaking after an International Maritime Organization (IMO) working group meeting, at which the industry submitted a number of constructive proposals to help ensure smooth and consistent implementation, ICS secretary general, Peter Hinchliffe, said: “Although there is still much work to be done, last week’s IMO discussions were positive.

“Most important is that governments have acknowledged the safety concerns raised by industry about the use of compliant fuels including possible incompatibility. We are pleased that member states have accepted their obligations under MARPOL to ensure that fuel is suitable for use and will not pose a safety risk to the ship or the crew, and that IMO has now agreed that these critical issues should be urgently addressed by the next IMO Maritime Safety Committee.”

At the IMO working group, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced that the existing industry standard for marine fuel oils, ISO 8217, already addresses the 0.5 percent fuel blends that will be used by many ships to comply in 2020. The association also advised that it will be providing guidance on the application of the standard to these new blended fuels.

“In view of recent concerns, ISO’s confirmation that no revision of the standards is needed prior to 2020 is very welcome as is ISO’s recognition that existing tools to assess compatibility are inadequate and its reassurance that ISO is actively seeking solutions before the 2020 deadline,” said Hinchliffe.

He added: “It will be vital for shipowners and crews to have confidence that new fuels will indeed be safe and compatible before taking delivery, which they will need to start doing several months in advance of January 2020.”

During the meeting, ICS says that it was again made clear that there is absolutely no possibility that the legal date of implementation will be postponed.

According to the ICS, it is therefore of the utmost importance that shipping companies and charterers proceed with their implementation planning without delay.

www.ics-shipping.org

www.imo.org

www.iso.org

Heavy Lift | News

FROM THE MAGAZINE: Demand and innovation blossom in haulage sector thumbnail image

FROM THE MAGAZINE: Demand and innovation blossom in haulage sector

January 8 - Demand in the USA for heavy-duty prime movers has shown little sign of abating. Industry analyst Freight Transportation Research (FTR) has reported continued growth in North American Class 8 orders for October 2018, writes David Kershaw.
Views: 1164
Leaner and greener shipping to attract investment thumbnail image

Leaner and greener shipping to attract investment

January 4 - Shipping will continue to attract investors in 2019, as long as the industry fulfils its environmental, social and governance (ESG) responsibilities, according to accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens. 
Views: 1638
Samskip takes lead in Seashuttle project thumbnail image

Samskip takes lead in Seashuttle project

January 4 - Multimodal logistics provider Samskip has been named lead partner in Seashuttle – a project that aims to bring emissions-free, autonomous container ships to market.
Views: 1662

Heavy Lift Across The World

Discover heavy lift and project logistics industry news from around the world by region.