Robust enforcement of sulphur regulations for the benefit of the environment, human health and responsible businesses.
Regulations only work if they are enforced. A 0.5% global sulphur cap will come into force on January 1, 2020, and stakeholders still need clarity on how authorities will implement the new regulation. After more than two years of 0,1% ECA zones, still very few sulphur-culprits are actually brought to justice.
At the next IMO MEPC meeting in October, the carriage ban on non-compliant fuel is on the agenda for formal adoption, to take effect in March 2020.
There are now attempts to defer implementation due to uncertainty over fuel attributes, matters that are already being addressed by the relevant IMO bodies, and which well-prepared shipowners have already taken into consideration.