NIMASA to enforce 0.5% sulphur limit on vessels in Nigerian waters

In a bid to battle environmental pollution, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Thursday said the agency would enforce strict compliance to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regulation which puts a maximum of 0.5 per cent sulphur cap on all fuel used by vessels by the year 2020.

Dakuku made this known while speaking at the ongoing maritime week in Dubai. He said part of the requirements adopted at the 73rd meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the United Nations maritime organ was to reduce the sulphur content permitted in ships’ fuel oil globally to 0.5 per cent with effect from January 1, 2020.

Speaking further, the NIMASA boss said the IMO ban, which relates to fuel intended for combustion, propulsion and operation purposes on board ships, would enter into force on March 1, 2020, adding that all member states are expected to comply with the stated standards by this date.

Source: THIS DAY

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