Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is investigating how one of its vessels, the MSC Joanna, ended up carrying HSFO after the March 1st IMO deadline passed.
MSC Joanna, operated by MSC, was banned from calling at UAE ports for one year as the Federal Transport Authority determined the ship was in violation of the IMO regulations that prohibit the carriage of HSFO on board ships that are not fitted with scrubber technology.
The FTA said that the ship was carrying more than 700 MT of HSFO in a sealed tank when boarded at Jebel Ali Port, despite repeated warnings given to the ship to debunker the non-compliant fuel before calling at any UAE ports.
MSC confirmed that the HSFO was intended for exhaust gas cleaning system (Scrubber) installation testing. But it was unclear how the fuel was left on board the after Scrubber installation on the MSC Joanna was delayed for several months.
MSC insisted that MSC Joanna had used only compliant low-sulphur fuel since IMO 2020 came into effect, although this was no excuse after the additional March 1st rule that HSFO could neither be used or carried.
“MSC is fully committed to implementing the UN IMO 2020 low-sulphur regime and all vessels requiring compliant fuel were supplied in advance of the implementation date, including MSC Joanna. MSC has also made – and is still making – significant investments in the fleet with the installation of IMO-approved exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS),” MSC said.
2006-built, Panama-flagged, 107,849 gt MSC Joanna is owned by Joanna Compania Naviera SA care of manager MSC of Geneva, Italy. ISM manager is MSC SrL of Piano di Sorrento, Italy.