CSC welcomes the introduction of low sulphur marine fuels and urges for a safe and realistic approach

Cyprus Shipping Chamber welcomes the introduction of low sulphur marine fuels, reiterating at the same time safety concerns and urging for a realistic and pragmatic approach.

According to a press release, the implementation of the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) Global Sulphur Cap on 1 January 2020, requires the world’s commercial shipping to use fuels with a sulphur content of 0.5 percent or less, down from the current 3.5 percent.

In a written statement, President of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber, Philippos Philis, says that there is no doubt that the new regulation will have great environmental and human health benefits.

The Cyprus Shipping Industry has supported the implementation of the regulation. Our Members have worked intensively in the past months to assure readiness and compliance with the regulation, says the statement.

Philis urges bunker fuel suppliers to ensure the supply of safe and compliant fuel and at the same he calls on governments and their Port State Control authorities to provide consistency and a common-sense approach to enforcement during the initial weeks of implementation, provided shipowners can demonstrate they have done everything in their power to comply.

The global shipping industry is determined to address the environmental impacts of shipping so that we can continue to drive global trade sustainably, the statement concludes.

Source: Cyprus News Agency