The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Pollution Prevention and Response Subcommittee met on 18-22 February for its sixth session. Among the variety of agenda items considered was continuing work on provisions for the consistent implementation and enforcement of the new rules.
Member States have provisionally agreed upon a number of measures subsequently approved by the subcommittee. These measures include:
- Fuel oil sampling guidelines
- Guidelines for Fuel Oil Non-Availability Reports
- Approval of a ban prohibiting ships carrying fuel containing greater than .50% Sulphur
These measures have been forwarded to the Marine Environmental Protection Committee for adoption during its 74th session, which will take place the week of 13 May 2019.