BIMCO is calling for “robust” enforcement of low sulphur limits in emission control areas (ECAs).
After the association’s latest board meeting, BIMCO President John Denholm described the strict enforcement of limits as crucial for shipping companies operating in these areas. Robust enforcement would allow for a level playing field and ensure that companies that are complying were not at a disadvantage.
“The maritime industry will shortly experience an unprecedented rise in operating costs as countries bordering ECAs implement very low limits for sulphur content in the fuel oils used by ships,” says Denholm.
“BIMCO is calling on the governments of these countries to exercise robust enforcement of applicable sulphur limits to ensure a continued level playing field for ships operating in ECAs.”
“Failure to do so would seriously expose compliant ship owners and operators who are bearing the high cost of ultra-low sulphur diesel oil.”