Authorities from across the world will discuss how to raise the bar for enforcement of the 2020 sulphur cap

Published 16-10-2019

The 2020 sulphur cap is a significant challenge for the shipping industry. A cooperation between the Danish Maritime Authority and the World Maritime University will bring administrations together to share knowledge on sulphur enforcement in key regions.

On 1 January 2020, the new global sulphur limit will enter into force. The sulphur content of ship fuel must not exceed 0.5 percent after this date. To ensure the full environmental effect of the new regulation, it is essential that the new rules are enforced effectively by all national administrations. Enforcement is also key to maintaining fair competition and thus a level playing field for the industry.

Therefore, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) and the World Maritime University (WMU) are conducting three international workshops in Myanmar, Kenya and Trinidad & Tobago respectively. Each workshop will invite participants from maritime administrations of the respective regions (Asia, East Africa and the Caribbean/Latin-America) and focus on various issues related to the enforcement of the global sulphur limit. For example the legal basis, fuel samples, document checks, targeting mechanisms, remote sensing and use of sniffers, training of inspectors and sanctions.

The three workshops are designed to share best practices to regions that have yet to gather experience with enforcement of reduced sulphur limits in ship fuel. The aim is to raise the consistency and quality of sulphur inspections as well as discussing current and future tools for effective enforcement.

The project is supported by The Danish Maritime Fund and also contributing to the project is the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food. It will take place from January to May 2020.


Danish Maritime Authority