DGS issues Circular related to compliance with the provisions of MARPOL

Aug 28, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team


Industry Specific Compliance

The Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) on August 28, 2019, has issued a Circular regarding compliance with the provisions of Annex VI, Regulation 14 of MARPOL. The aim of this Circular is to provide guidance to stakeholders for a consistent and smooth implementation towards compliance with the Global Sulphur Cap effective from January 01, 2020. Annex VI regulates the emission to the atmosphere of specified pollutants from ships, including nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur oxides (SOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and heavy metals, and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), and the Regulation 14 sets a 0.50% max limit of the sulphur content in respect of all fuel oils used by any type of combustion machinery outside Emission Control Areas (ECA-Sox) from January 01, 2020, down from 3.50% m/m currently. This Circular is applicable to all seagoing Indian ships; all bunker suppliers and all foreign flag-vessels visiting Indian waters.

This Circular covers the following issues:- 

a)Preparation of a risk-based ship implementation plan 

b)Prohibition on the carriage of non-compliant fuel oil for combustion purposes for propulsion or operation on board a ship except for those vessels equipped with an Exhaust Gas Cleaning System and having been issued with a revised supplement in line with MEPC.305(73) prior to March 01, 2020. 

c)Procedure to be followed by an Indian Ship, if carrying non-compliant fuel oil on-board due to non-availability of compliant fuel oil or otherwise. 

d)Procedure to be followed when the Exhaust Gas Scrubber mal-functions on an Indian Ship. 

e)The Port State Control procedures to be adopted by Indian PSCO while conducting inspections of foreign ships.

f)Procedure for dealing with foreign ships coming to Indian ports with non-compliant fuel onboard because of non-availability of compliant fuel or otherwise. 

g)Procedure to handle unexpected issues related to the operation of an EGCS as a Port State and Flag State. 

h)Instructions to approved Bunker Suppliers.

This Circular supersedes Engineering Circular 5 of 2018 dated December 14, 2018

[Engineering Circular No. 02 of 2019]


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