Coastal shipping operations along India’s eastern coast will come to a halt this week due to lack of availability of low sulphur fuel oil- which ships are mandated to use as per a new global rule that came into force from January 1 to cut emissions.
Domestic shipping companies are struggling to comply with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) regulations governing the sulfur cap which takes effect Jan. 1, 2020.
Edgar Nicolas, officer-in-charge administrator of the Philippine Coastwise Shipping Association Inc., said there are not enough options for compliant fuel in the market today. “We are not even sure if the economies of scale can be reached to ensure fuel suppliers will make available this type of fuel. We should know after the survey,” he said.
Fare among fastcraft and roll-on/roll-off (roro) vessels plying between cities of Bacolod and Iloilo and vice versa may increase if the fuel prices continue to go up, an operator said.
This is on top of the impending increases seen amid the implementation of the third tranche of fuel excise tax hikes.
Greek Ferry tickets expected to increase by 10 percent in 2020.
Other countries which are heavily dependant on domestic shipping, prefer to remain silent, but no doubt they have the same problems. Some of them, most probably, skip the Cap, just because they don’t have any other choice to ensure non-interrupted passenger and supply chains, vitally important for coastal communities. They keep low to avoid ferocious criticism and repercussions from UN/IMO and shipping so-called “elites”. IMO and “elites” in their turn, can’t press violators too much or make cases of State-backed Cap skips public, because it may lead to nations open revolt.
China meanwhile, detained two foreign cargo ships for “violating” IMO 2020 Cap regulation. IMO 2020 Cap is a dream of each and every corrupt bureaucrat or governmental agency, dream which came true. A wide road to all imaginable power abuses and corruption schemes, a golden mine for individuals, companies (say, samples testing laboratories) and governmental bodies. Small or medium sized shipowner just doesn’t stand a chance to sue the State, when his ship is caught in corruption or State-backed extortion scheme.
It’s all vile and corrupt, and it can’t be otherwise, because IMO 2020 Cap is justified by junk science and junk “studies”.
Global shipping is an enormous mechanism or organism, very slow to react and gather way, but very difficult to deaden inertia when well under way. IMO 2020 Cap is gathering way, sabotaging global shipping and economy, it’s too early to try to assess and predict its’ destructive consequences.
January 13, 2020