INTERTANKO WELCOMES FUEL DEAL
INDEPENDENT tanker owners' organisation Intertanko has welcomed the IMO's Marine Environmental Protection Committee's (MEPC 57) package of amendments and revisions to MARPOL(*) Annex VI (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships).
Intertanko lobbied hard for a compulsory switch of the global merchant fleet from residual to distillate fuels which has not been agreed.
Nevertheless Intertanko says it has welcomed the package and expresses satisfaction that the goals set by Intertanko's council have been ?fully achieved? - namely that the revisions should: ensure a solid platform of requirements, be realistic and feasible, seek a global, long-term and positive reduction of air emissions from ships, contribute to a long-term and predictable global regulatory regime.
In a lengthy statement the organisation avoids mention of the term ?distillate? fuel but vigorously defends its campaign.
It says Intertanko's proactive proposals in 2006 struck at the root cause of SOx, NOx and PM emissions, calling for a phased introduction of low sulphur cleaner fuels, and leading to furious debate across the industry. These proposals not only ensured the availability of compliant fuel, but also ensured that ships and crews are not burdened with additional and excessive operational requirements. At the same time they offered ease of monitoring and verification for administrations.
?There are clear winners from this outcome,? says Intertanko"s managing director Peter Swift. ?At the end of the day, these are the environment, the many people affected by air pollution from ships, and thousands of seafarers worldwide.?