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Monday, November 5, 2018 

Bulk carrier ownersí organisation INTERCARGO has come out in support of the IMO Sulphur Cap and its January 2020 implementation but has warned the industry not to ignore the safety challenges that are likely to arise.

The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO) says that a robust level of safety of MARPOL and SOLAS compliant fuels must be secured. “The successful, effective and orderly implementation of the regulation rests not only with ship operators but equally with the IMO Member States and with suppliers (involving oil refineries, bunker suppliers and Charterers) who need to secure the worldwide availability of safe compliant fuels - a particular problem for ships in the dry bulk tramp trades,” said the trade body in a press statement.

“It is our firm belief, given the scale and challenges of the required transition, that consistent enforcement of the regulation is required. A uniform approach by Port State Control officers must apply equally to ships that will rely on the supply of compliant fuels and those opting to comply via alternatives methods, such as exhaust gas scrubber installation, with due consideration for the fact that considerable operational experience will need to be gained in early 2020 on compliance. Securing the safety of crews, ships, and cargoes and the protection of the environment are of paramount importance.”

The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO) is a voluntary non-profit association representing the interests of dry cargo vessel owners. Its first General Meeting took place in 1980 in London and it has had NGO consultative status at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) since 1993. 

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