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An overview of the prevention of Air Pollution from Ships is provided by IMO here.

>>Greenhouse Gas – CO2 emissions<<

Shipping is by definition an international activity and IMO is the appropriate body to address its global challenges. INTERCARGO has been participating actively in the development of GHG reduction measures at IMO.

The 7th Session of IMO’ Intersessional Working Group on the Reduction of GHG Emissions (ISWG-GHG 7) took place on 19-23 October 2020 (see here), was preceded by Informal preliminary discussion sessions (6-10 July 2020 – see here–  and 5-6 October 2020).

The 6th Session of IMO’ Intersessional Working Group on the Reduction of GHG Emissions (ISWG-GHG 6) took place on 11-15 November 2019 (see here).

INTERCARGO joined a Round Table Media Release in September 2019 (see here).

The 5th Session of IMO’ Intersessional Working Group on the Reduction of GHG Emissions (ISWG-GHG 5,  7-10 May 2019, see here) reported to the 74th Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74 , 13-17 May 2019) – see the outcome of these latest two meetings here.

In October 2018, INTERCARGO participated with positions to the 4th Intersessional Working Group on the Reduction of GHG (see here) and 73rd Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 73) (see here), which approved a draft programme of follow-up actions of the Initial IMO Strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships up to 2023.

At IMO’s 72nd Marine Environment Protection Committee in April 2018 (MEPC 72), an agreement was reached on an initial strategy for the reduction of GHG from ships (see details on MEPC 72  here, and also on the 3rd relevant Intersessional working group, before MEPC 72, here). Note INTERCARGO’s Media Release here after these developments.

Before that progress had been made at MEPC 71 (see e.g. INTERCARGO’s submission in cooperation with the other International Shipping Associations to MEPC 71 here) and at the 2nd Intersessional working group on GHG as outlined here. At MEPC 70, IMO had approved by consensus, among other initiatives, a responsible roadmap for developing a comprehensive strategy on reducing GHG emissions from ships, through to a 2023 horizon (see here).

INTERCARGO has also not failed to remind on any occasion that IMO was first in addressing GHG emissions by adopting as early as 2011 technical and operational requirements for new and existing vessels, making mandatory the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships and the Ship Energy Efficiency Plan (SEEMP) for all ships.

Aligning the EU MRV with IMO Data Collection System is of course an ongoing concern for the industry – see here.


>>2020 Sulphur limit, SOx emissions<<

INTERCARGO participated in a 2020 Joint Industry Survey to gain a greater understanding of the quality of the new fuel oils and possible safety implications of the IMO 2020 sulphur regulation (see here)

Before that, INTERCARGO published Media Releases in: March 2020 (see here), October 2019 (see here), July 2019 (see here) and (joint Round Table Release) in September 2019 (see here).

In view of the 2020 Regulation implementation, useful Guidance could be found here


At MEPC 70 (October 2016), the IMO agreed that the effective date of the 0.50% m/m global sulphur limit for bunkers shall be 1 January 2020. Important considerations at that time were outlined here. Along the way, options in view of 2020 were considerd e.g.  here and here.

Important deliberations at IMO with the active participation of INTERCARGO followed at:

  • the IMO Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response – PPR5 (February 2018, here)
  • MEPC 72 (April 2018, see here)
  • MSC 99 (May 2018, see here)
  • PPR’s Intersessional meeting (July 2018, see here)

INTERCARGO participated with positions to the 73rd Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 73, in October 2018) (see here), which among other:

  • adopted that as of 1 March 2020, the sulphur content of fuel oil used or carried for use on board a ship shall not exceed 0.50% m/m.
  • agreed to invite further concrete proposals on how to enhance the implementation of regulation 18 of MARPOL Annex VI, in particular on reporting fuel oil quality and reporting of non-availability of compliant fuel oils, including the enhancement of GISIS modules for data collection and analysis

INTERCARGO published a Media Release in November 2018 (see here).

Further important deliberations at IMO with the active participation of INTERCARGO followed at:

  • MSC 100 (Dec. 2018, see here)
  • PPR 6 (Feb. 2019, see here)
  • MEPC 74 (May 2019, see here)
  • MSC 101 (June 2019, see here)

You may also refer to our regulatory timeline for a usefull overview  – see here.