IMO: Consistent implementation of 2020 sulphur limit – draft guidelines finalized

The 0.50 percent limit for sulphur content in ships’ fuel oil will take effect on 1 January 2020 and will have a significant beneficial impact on human health and the environment.

The Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 6) agreed draft Guidelines for consistent implementation of the 0.50% sulphur limit under MARPOL Annex VI, together with other relevant guidelines, forming a comprehensive package of new and updated instruments that will assist industry and Administrations to effectively and uniformly implement the 0.50% sulphur limit.

IMO has already issued ship implementation planning guidance, to help shipowners prepare.

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