The Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) has instituteda comprehensive programme to start engaging with stakeholders and players in the shipping industry to prepare towards complying with the sulphur cap enforcement set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), effective from January 1, 2020.
Under the new global cap, ships will have to use fuel oil on board with a sulphur content of no more than 0.50 per cent m/m (mass), against the current limit of 3.50 per cent, which has been in effect since 1st January 2012.
This is according to the IMO, the regulatory authority for international shipping who begun spearheading this policy implementation since 2008.
This measure is in line with the IMO resolution to ensure a significant reduction in the sulphur content of fuel used by ships across the globe.
The programme of engagements, according to the Authority, will commence soon and it is expected to enlighten industry players on the anticipated outcomes in the global maritime sector, most especially with regards to the impact it could have on their operations and businesses activities.
The reduction in sulphur oxide emissions resulting from the lower global sulphur limit is expected to have a significant beneficial impact on the environment and on human health, particularly that of people living in port cities and coastal communities.
Importantly, with the coming into operation of the new ultra-modern Terminal Three (3) of the Tema Port in June 28 this year.