34 Days Left! Greek Government Urges IMO To Postpone The Entry Into Force Of Sulfur Restriction Order

- Nov 28, 2019-

According to Lloyd's list, Greece proposed to the international maritime organization to consider delaying the entry into force of the sulfur limit order. "The implementation of sulfur restriction order should be delayed to solve some key problems, including the possibility of fatal accidents. "

Less than 40 days before the sulfur limit came into force, Ioannis plakiotakis, Greece's shipping minister, urged the International Maritime Organization and its member states to take bold action.

At the IMO General Assembly in London on Monday, he called on "I suggest that IMO and member states consider postponing the entry into force of the sulfur limitation order until we find an appropriate solution. "

"IMO has the ability and experience to do so, but it must also have the will to do so. We need more time to fully assess the safety issues that the sulfur restriction order will bring to the ship and crew.

He believes that although the 0.5% sulfur ceiling has become a common idea in the industry, the fact that IMO parties continue to discuss this issue shows that there are still some urgent concerns, such as the supply, compatibility and safety of low sulfur oil.

IMO committees are exploring ways to strengthen supervision, but the main means now is data collection.

A more general criticism of the sulphur limit is that ships and crew will have to use more untested fuel, with most of the impact unknown. However, industry organizations and IMO believe that operators can reduce the occurrence of relevant problems as long as they are fully prepared.

The views of Ioannis plakiotakis reflect the aspirations of the Greek Shipowners' Association. The association has long been concerned about sulfur restrictions.

In addition, intercargo, the international dry bulk Association, also expressed criticism of the sulfur restriction order.

Ioannis plakiotakis is concerned that if the international community fails to address these concerns, there may be global trade disruption or even fatal maritime accidents.

However, Ioannis plakiotakis did not clarify how to delay the entry into force of the regulations or how to coordinate the parties in the only one month.

Ioannis plakiotakis revealed that Greece has implemented a regulation to punish fuel suppliers who do not comply with IMO regulations. He called on other governments to do the same.

A spokesman for IMO said that any postponement of the entry into force of the sulfur restriction order is not feasible, either procedural or legal.