IBIA chairman accuses IMO of ignorance

The chairman of the International Bunker Industry Association, Jens Maul Jørgensen, believes that the IMO is declining responsibility for the poor bunker quality being delivered. Shipowners and the environment end up paying the costs.

The IMO is quite simply disregarding facts when the organization claims that it is not responsible for ensuring that energy companies deliver high-quality bunker fuel to the shipping industry, says Jens Maul Jørgensen, chairman of the International Bunker Industry Association, IBIA, in a comment to the chairman of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), Arsenio Dominguez.

Jens Maul Jørgensen charges the MEPC chairman of being unwilling to deal with a pressing problem that the industry has been struggling with for years, namely that the quality of the oil delivered to carriers is often too poor. Even though there was most recently adopted requirements in ISO 2010, the oil is far too often mixed at a lower quality, which then becomes the shipowners' problem. This could happen in the mid-level between energy companies and the carriers, at the cargo traders who only comply with the lower requirements set out in ISO 2005. The fact is that the low-quality oil hurts the environment and that it can also damage the ship's engines.

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