Pollution: NIMASA To Enforce Sulphur Limit On Bunker Fuel 

The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside flanked by Maritime Stakeholders at the ongoing maritime week in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stated that the Agency will enforce strict compliance to the International Maritime Organisation regulation which puts a maximum of 0.5 per cent  sulphur cap  on all fuel used by vessels  by the year 2020.

Dr. Dakuku who made this known during an interactive session with journalists at the ongoing maritime week in Dubai,  said that part of the requirements adopted at the 73rd meeting of the  Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the United Nations maritime organ was to reduce the sulphur content permitted in Ships’ fuel oil globally to 0.5 per cent with effect from January 2020.

According to him “the 2020 fuel challenge is geared towards energy efficiency, environmental pollution control, health as well as core regulatory enforcement issues. As a maritime nation, we cannot afford not to comply with the IMO standard which will also do a lot in mitigating global warming and other related environmental issues” Dr. Dakuku said.

Speaking further, the NIMASA DG said that the IMO ban which relates to fuel intended for combustion, propulsion and operation purposes on board ships will enter into force on March 1st 2020, adding that all member states are expected to comply with the stated standards by this date.

He said it was in the best interest of Africa to ensure compliance considering the fact that majority of the countries on the continent do not have the technology to mitigate harmful effects of high sulphur fuel  on the environment, ocean life  and human life .

Commenting on the best way to enforce compliance, Dr Peterside said that ship owners, classification societies, NGOs, fuel storage facilities, and other stakeholders will all play a part in determining modalities of ensuring compliance.