ClassNK has undergone structural changes to more quickly and efficiently support clients with the IMO’s upcoming 2020 global sulphur cap.
One of the changes is an integration of the classification society’s point of contacts in order to help its customers understand and comply with the new regulation and to provide faster support. The points of contact for inquiries related to the SOx regulation are as follows:
Inquiries about new buildings
Inquiries about ships in service
In addition to the release of the “Guidance for onboard use of Compliant Fuel Oil with SOx regulation from 2020” which outlines potential risks and mitigation measures involved with compliant fuel oil, and the “Guidelines for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems” which include requirement explanations for SOx scrubbers, ClassNK has also provided a sample “Ship Implementation Plan (SIP)” recommended by the IMO for switching to compliant fuel oil now that global enforcement is within sight, and many appraisal services for SIPs and fuel oil tank cleaning and more.
Future issues and damage involving machinery with the use of compliant fuels and new situations regarding Port State Control (PSC) inspections are expected.