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Shipping associations propose new sulfur plan for IMO

Several of shipping's largest associations have submitted a series of proposals to the IMO for how to enforce the sulfur requirements that will come into force on Jan. 1 2020. The new rules are allegedly far more complex than previous ones.

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The global sulfur directive is inching closer and closer, and to be ready for the new requirements the industry needs clearer rules for how they will be enforced, say shipping associations Bimco, ICS, Intercargo, Intertanko and WSC.

In order to influence the process, the five organizations have submitted several suggestions for the next IMO meeting, where the Pollution, Prevention and Response (PPR) subcommittee will address the sulfur requirements in mid-July, including an entire plan leading up to the transition on Jan 1.

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