MEPC 70 – Global Sulphur Cap To be Implemented 1st January 2020

The 70th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), held on Thursday 27th October 2016, at it was decreed that the 0.50% m/m Global Sulphur Cap would be implemented as of the 1st January 2020.

The MEPC agreed at the previous session (MEPC 69), in principle, to take a decision at MEPC 70 on the implementation date for the global 0.50% m/m sulphur cap for fuel oil, based on the outcome of a review submitted to the session.

The MARPOL regulation limiting sulphur oxide emissions from ships provides for a 0.50% global cap to be implemented and the MEPC required a review of the availability of the required fuel oil to be carried out and concluded before any decisions were to be taken.

Following this review it has been decided that the implementation date would not be deferred to 1 January 2025, and would be introduced on 1st January 2020.

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