The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), is embarking embark on massive stakeholders’ engagement and liaison as well as collaboration to enforce strict compliance to the International Maritime Organisation’s 0.5 per cent sulphur cap on vessel fuels by the year 2020.
The agency would also have a schedule for Pre- enforcement information before the commencement of the proper enforcement.
Dakuku Peterside, director general, DG of the NIMASA, who gave the indication at the maritime week in Dubai, United Arab Emirate, said, “The 2020 fuel challenge is geared towards energy efficiency, environmental pollution control, health as well as core regulatory enforcement issues. As a maritime nation, we cannot afford not to comply with the IMO standard which will also do a lot in mitigating global warming and other related environmental issues” ?
He said it was in the best interest of Africa to ensure compliance considering the fact that majority of the countries on the continent do not have the technology to mitigate harmful effects of high sulphur fuel on the environment, ocean life and human life .
Commenting on the best way to enforce compliance, Dr Peterside said that ship owners, classification societies, NGOs, fuel storage facilities, and other stakeholders will all play a part in determining modalities of ensuring compliance .
Sulphur content reduction was part of the requirements adopted at the 73rd meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the United Nations. All member states are expected to comply with the stated standards by this date.