The ports of Sierra Leone (West Africa) are tightening requirements for vessels that violate IMO 2020 policy. In July, the authorities decided to penalize ships still using heavy fuel oil instead of low-sulfur fuel. Violators would face a $ 15,000 fine. This policy will take effect from September 1, 2021. The IMO 2020 service charge will be implemented even for vessels with a scrubber installed. Information was shared by Offshore Energy.
NCP will consult the implementation of IMO 2020 measures, since Sierra Leone is 18 months behind the global mandate to implement the IMO 2020 statutory instrument. It was reported, that the tariffs and fines will be reviewed in view of prevailing circumstances.
It should be reminded, in 2008, the IMO unanimously adopted the global sulphur cap. It falls under Regulations to Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).