Summary of MARPOL and SOLAS Amendments Entering into Force from 01 January 2020

MARPOL:

Annex VI 0.50% Sulphur Limit: The limit for sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships to be reduced to 0.50% m/m (mass by mass).

SOLAS:

 Amendments to SOLAS regulations III/3 and III/20 to make mandatory the requirements for maintenance, thorough examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair of lifeboats and rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear. Read more

IMO Sulphur Regulations 2020

The 2020 IMO global 0.50 percent fuel Sulphur Technical Note:

In less than a week time, From 1st January 2020, the maximum permissible global Sulphur content of marine fuels is going to be reduced from
3.5 % to 0.5% according to MARPOL Annex VI. Ships operating outside
Emission Control Areas (ECAs) will have three options to achieve compliance:
1. By the use of exhaust gas abatement technology (‘scrubbers’), or
2. By burning a fuel with maximum Sulphur content of 0.50%mass, or
3. By burning LNG. To meet continuing legislation inside ECAs.

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