BoardMarine Accident Investigators Forum in Asia

SubjectIBIA Wants Multiple Solutions for Air Pollution Hit1637
WriterLee Min Jung Date2006.10.30

Friday, 27 October 2006 <br /> <br />The International Bunker Industry Association has said that moves to further tighten air emission controls<br> on shipping through changes to IMO's Marpol Annex VI must be based on more than one solution. Speaking<br> atIBIA's annual convention in Monaco, Ian Adams, secretary-general of IBIA, said: “The international<br> community wants to see a further reduction in sulphur and other air emissions from ships. We support that, <br>but we cannot support simplistic one-stop solutions to the problem. The bunker industry, both users and <br> providers believes that a combination of low sulphur heavy fuel oil, distillate fuels, alternative fuels and emission <br>abatement equipment such as scrubbers will together give the shipping industry the means to cut emissions<br> without compromising the safety and efficiency of global shipping.” <br /> <br />Adams was speaking out in response to calls from one owners' body, Intertanko, for all shipping to move to<br> burning distillate fuels only. “It sounds so simple,” says Adams. “But in practice it would be very difficult to <br>implement and could compromise both safety and efficiency. We believe that with sensible regulation and by <br>applying the multiple solutions available the industry can reach the same low level of emissions with less <br>disruption. We note that the ICS backs the same multi-stream approach and we shall certainly be putting<br> this view strongly at IMO, where we have consultative status.” <br /> <br />"IBIA has always been a forum for debate and encouraged open dialogue, so we welcome Intertanko's ideas,<br> but we cannot endorse them. IBIA is the voice of the bunker industry, both globally and at IMO, and we believe<br> it is important to emphasise that there is more than one way to reduce emissions, and a multiple approach will<br> allow the industry to adopt the best techniques for their individual circumstances. What we do want to see is<br> uniform regulation, with all SECA's having similar caps, so that ships do not have to carry multiple grades of <br>fuel. But beyond that we are confident that the supply industry will respond by making low sulphur heavy fuel<br> oil available in sufficient quantities, and that abatement technology will also advance so that emissions can<br> be reduced for owners who need or wish to retain the option of burning heavy fuel with a higher sulphur content.”

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