Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution
May 20, 2005
MARPOL ANNEX VI becomes effective
The days of ships emitting dirty smoke are over. As from yesterday, 19 May 2005, a new regulation introduced by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), came into force.
MARPOL Annex VI, as the regulation is known, requires that shipowners and operators introduce anti-pollution measures to prevent the emission of sulphur oxide (SOx) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) plus other ozone depleting emissions from diesel engines of above 130kW on vessels exceeding 400-gt.
So far about 20 flag countries have signed their agreement and as these states represent more than the required 50% of world shipping (by tonnage) the new regulation is now regarded by the IMO as having been ratified.
For all those engaged in the supply of bunker marine fuel, it also means that MARPOL compliant buyers can only buy bunker fuel from MARPOL compliant suppliers.
The regulation requires that all vessels built on or after 19 May 2005 must carry an International Air Pollution Prevention Certificate (IAPP certificate) stating that .....
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