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IMO responds to criticism from bunker industry

The chairman of bunker association IBIA recently criticized the IMO for failing to involve the whole industry in efforts to improve bunker quality. The chairman of the IMO's environmental committee rejects this notion. "We are working on it," Arsenio Dominguez tells ShippingWatch.

The UN's International Maritime Organization (IMO) is in the process of finding a solution to ensure bunker quality for carriers, explains Arsenio Dominguez, chairman of the IMO's Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC), who is currently participating in Danish Maritime Days.

Recently the chairman of the international bunker association IBIA, Jens Maul Jørgensen, criticized the IMO for lacking the will and the capacity to involve the industry in the improvement of bunker quality. According to Maul, one of the problems is that the IMO does not impose requirements on energy companies and refineries to deliver the necessary quality. However, the IMO has no jurisdiction over the ins-and-outs of the industry, explains Dominguez, referring to trading houses and refineries.

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