NEW US PROCEDURE FOR REPORTING NON-AVAILABILITY OF COMPLIANT FUEL
July 18, 2019
The US Coast Guard (USCG) has recently issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin 005-19, “New Procedure for Shipping Industry to Notify the US Government of Non-Availability of Compliant Fuel Oil”.
Effective immediately, owners and operators of vessels operating in the North American (NA) or US Caribbean Sea Emission Control Area (ECA) that are unable to acquire sufficient MARPOL Annex VI compliant fuel oil at a foreign or US port may satisfy the MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 18.2.4 requirement to notify the competent authority of the relevant port of destination by notifying the cognizant US Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP). The new procedure is now in place.