INTERTANKO/Cyprus Shipping Council seminar in Limassol on Annex VI and air emissions

Fifteen representatives from local members met this week to exchange views on alternative solutions for the current IMO revision of its MARPOL Annex VI Regulation to limit air emissions from ships. The seminar, organised by INTERTANKO with the Cyprus Shipping Council, was kindly hosted by Unicom Management Services at its Limassol office.


INTERTANKO Managing Director Dr. Peter Swift and Technical Director Dragos Rauta suggested some of the external drivers behind the revision, and outlined the various proposals for amendments, including INTERTANKO's submission last autumn of a discussion document to the IMO Working Group to present issues that merit inclusion with other options on the table.


Up for consideration by the seminar attendees were the four options suggested by the IMO Working Group:

a)     No change from today;

b)     Leaving the global sulphur cap at 4.5% but reducing the SECA cap to 1% in 2010 and to 0.5% in 2015;

c)     The distillates proposal with 1% cap by 2012 and 0.5% by 2015;

d)     Scrubbing to obtain equivalent output to c).


Discussion ranged around existing IMO and unilateral legislation in low sulphur fuels; shipboard technology including exhaust gas scrubbing equipment and fuel change over; and the availability of low sulphur fuels.


Contact: Peter Swift and Dragos Rauta