USCG threatens tough penalties for any IMO 2020 transgressions

The US is threatening severe penalties for anyone caught contravening the new IMO 2020 fuel sulphur emissions cap.

New guidance issued by the US Coast Guard (USCG) said that vessels calling at US ports would be expected to carry documents showing they were not burning fuel with a sulphur content of more than 0.5%, reports American Shipper.

From March 1st a high sulphur fuel carriage ban goes into effect and ships will no longer be able to carry noncompliant fuel in their bunker tanks.

The USCG said that, since the US was obliged to enforce the new regulations, it would review bunker delivery notes and check logs to determine whether the vessel was complying with the applicable fuel sulphur limit when operating beyond US waters.