cooperation and preparation by International Maritime Organization member
states, ports and the shipping industry’s fuel providers was key to the
successful implementation of the IMO 2020 rule, and has provided a future
pathway for impending stricter environmental rules and other changes in
international shipping, Roel Hoenders, head air pollution and energy efficiency
of the Marine Environment Division at IMO, said.
Since January 1,
2020, the IMO received only 59 Fuel Oil Non-Availability Reports, or FONARs,
showing very good availability of compliant fuels around the world, Hoenders
said at the 12th International Fujairah Bunkering & Fuel Oil Virtual Forum,
or FUJCON 2021, organized by Conference Connection.
“Most of those
[FONAR] cases were reported in the first six months of 2020 but we actually
find very few cases in the last 6-8 months,” Hoenders said on March 23.
Overall, the number of non-compliance cases is very low
number of non-compliance cases is very low…We’ve heard very positive signals
from the different port state control MOUs like the Paris MOU and Tokyo MOU.”
Many big ports
such as Rotterdam and Singapore have reported a very high level of compliance
with respect to the global low sulfur mandate, which was also positive, he
In addition, the
collapse of global bunker fuel prices in 2020 supported the implementation of
the global sulfur cap as the price spread between heavy fuel oil and VLSFO was
much lesser than anticipated, Hoenders said.
In the first half
of 2020, there was a decline in the number of reported approved “equivalent
method” — approved scrubbers or exhaust gas cleaning systems — that were
reported to IMO, Hoenders said.
Actually we’ve seen that number (of approved scrubbers or exhaust gas
cleaning systems )is picking up again
we’ve seen that number is picking up again,” he said.
The reported EGCS (approved
“equivalent method”) by flag states has increased from 2,359 in July 2020 to
3,161 by March 1, 2021, making the business case for scrubbers, amid rising
fuel prices, more favorable, Hoenders said.