Focus Areas

Details on the focus areas of the platform:

  1. A credible voice of global refining towards IMO, governments and regulators related to the introduction of the global marine fuel limit on 1 January 2020:
    • Advocate for global adoption of uniform, clear and easily enforceable measures to facilitate global compliance with the IMO’s marine fuel regulation.
    • Promote alignment amongst countries in all regions of the world for a consistent implementation of the IMO’s global sulphur limit.
  1. A preferred contact point for the marine industry towards the global refining industry:
    • Cooperate with other stakeholders (e.g. shipping industry, bunker industry) pursuing similar objectives.
  1. General minimum characteristics of the fuel to ensure safe and fit for purpose use on board the vessel:
    • Advocate for industry-wide fuel quality guidelines to ensure the quality of compliant fuels while preserving options to allow new formulations to be developed, as required.
    • Cooperation with CIMAC[1] and ISO8217 committee and working groups to develop minimum criteria for performance compliant marine fuels focusing on stability, compatibility and safety aspects of the fuel.
    • Advocate for compliance of each marine fuel with the minimum criteria to be developed in cooperation with CIMAC/ISO.
  1. Clarifications of duties and responsibility of the fuel suppliers:
    • How to ensure that scrubbers are available before supplying fuel with a sulphur content higher than 0.50 %wt.? Required by existing Bunker Delivery Note (BDN).
  1. Reporting system for fuel oil non availability, e.g. FONAR system potential:
    • Advocate for the extension of the use of FONAR as an IMO system. FONAR is an electronic filing by ships after unsuccessfully attempting to be supplied with compliant fuel. It is not a waiver, but a statement of non-compliance with IMO fuel regulation.
    • Advocate for using FONAR data to define appropriate action to facilitate compliance with the fuel regulation as soon as possible.
  1. Educational activities related toward the global sulphur cap introduction:
    • Develop a basic technical understanding on options fuel suppliers have to make and supply compliant marine fuels making clear that decisions will be made by individual refiners and other actors in the supply chain.

[1] International Council on Combustion Engines

What the platform is NOT:

    1. The aim is not to change the IMO decision on the date of implementation of the global sulphur limit for marine fuels.
    2. Not to influence by any means the competition between fuel suppliers on their respective compliance strategies or to promote any form of compliance strategy. The strategy decision is decided by each individual fuel supplier and the Platform will not serve as a framework to discuss any items that are sensitive from a competition law perspective like future supply capacity or promotion of products.
    3. Not to take-up or not to act as a global ‘police’-agent seeking to enforce compliance.
    4. Not to commit in any way on the refining capabilities (Marine Fuels supply, quality, responsibilities, etc.), as they remain fully under the responsibility of the individual fuel suppliers.