Shipowners contend with vessels’ detention under new international rule
Port state control authorities have begun the enforcement of the Sulphur 2020 policy of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), making it an offence for ships to carry fuel that contains sulphur content of more than 0.5 per cent unless the vessel has an exhaust gas cleaning system.
The International Chamber of Shipping has, consequently, reminded shipowners and operators of the impending ban and reiterated the fact that any ships found want would face detention.
In Nigeria, the Federal Government is working to ensure compliance with the new regulation.
Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside, said: “We are working very hard to ensure that Nigerian operators comply with the rule.”