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IMO sidesteps legal requirements for bunker quality

The IMO continues its work to develop voluntary guidelines aimed at ensuring bunker quality. As such, the IMO's environmental committee does not seem to have heeded the IBIA's pleas concerning bunker control.

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The declining bunker quality has been discussed at this week's meeting of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee, MEPC, where it was decided to develop guidelines concerning how countries can ensure that fuel from bunker suppliers complies with the MARPOL Annez VI standards, reports Sustainable Shipping.

It is worth noting that this process concerns guidelines, not actual binding requirements, and this seems to indicate that bunker association IBIA has not been successful with its strong appeal to the IMO voiced by Chairman Jens Maul Jørgensen on ShippingWatch ahead of the meeting.

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