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Friday, 15 February 2019 13:21

Sulphur and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Priority for ICS

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Last week, ICS members met to review the progress in persuading the IMO to take measures to address expected implementation problems for the 2020 global sulphur cap. This includes outstanding safety and fuel compatibility issues associated with the use of new 0.5% sulphur blends and continuing uncertainty over the availability of compliant fuels in every port worldwide. The ICS Board endorsed the finalization of proposals to IMO on short term measures including, tightening the Energy Efficiency Design Index for new ships (requiring ships built in 2025 to be 30% more efficient than those delivered before 2013). Over the next decade massive investment in research and development of zero CO2 emitting propulsion systems and other technologies which don’t yet exist in a form that can be readily applied to international shipping will be required. This will need to be a key component of the IMO strategy when detailed ideas for long term measures are taken forward during 2020. The ICS Guidance on Compliance with the 2020 Global Sulphur Cap can be downloaded here:



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