IMO2020 - ICS spells it out

Jul 05 2019

With six months to go until the implementation of the 'Global Sulphur Cap' the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has issued updated guidance to help shipowners comply with the forthcoming IMO regulations.

Guy Platten, ICS Secretary General, said: “These new regulations are good for human health and good for the environment. With just six months to go before implementation these free ICS guidelines will help shipping companies with the vital task of preparing for compliance. We strongly recommend that shipowners prepare an Implementation Plan for each of their ships using the template agreed by IMO.”


The guidelines incorporate the latest IMO decisions on issues, such as fuel oil non-availability reporting, fuel safety and fuel quality. The updated guidelines will help ships avoid port state control difficulties that might arise, through no fault of the operator, and enable shipowners and ships’ crews to overcome the practical challenges presented by a multi-fuel scenario.


’Compliance with the 2020 Global Sulphur Cap', contains details of the new requirements to allow on board sampling to verify fuel oil compliance, includes a new section on managing different fuels, an updated FAQ and a new appendix with the IMO standard template ‘Fuel Oil Non-Availability Report (FONAR)’.


Platten added: “The industry is focused on moving forward but uncertainty remains about the worldwide availability of safe and compliant low sulfur fuels, and the operational challenges associated with using them. It is absolutely vital that everyone concerned, including governments, oil producers and bunker suppliers, redouble their efforts to ensure that safe and compatible fuels will be available in every port worldwide.”


The updated guidelines, which have been produced with the support of ICS’ regional partners - the Asian Shipowners' Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) - are available to download for free at 


The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has issued an “IMO Sulphur Cap 2020 Readiness Plan” for Singapore’s shipping community.


This document provides an overview of the key requirements of the IMO 2020 global sulfur cap, outlines the major preparatory milestones in the lead up to January, 2020, and presents key compliance measures.


“The Singapore Shipping Association has been conducting a series of dialogues, workshops, and seminars to help the maritime community in Singapore anticipate and prepare for changes stemming from the IMO 2020 cap on sulfur oxides emissions from ships.


“The readiness plan has been designed as a handy tip sheet that presents the key information in an accessible and practical way tailored to the shipping community. SSA will continue to work with partners and regulators to prepare the industry for these and other policy changes from IMO,” said Ms Caroline Yang, SSA President.


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