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Jakarta Post

Is Indonesia ready for IMO’s sulfur cap?

  • Hafida Fahmiasari and Annisa Fabatina

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 14 2020   /  01:42 am

Indonesia closed 2019 comfortably in the international maritime transport sector. The country was elected as a board member of Category C of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations specialized agency responsible for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution by ships. 
The exciting discussion regarding Indonesia’s presence in the IMO is the new sulfur cap regulation. The new IMO regulation, which took effect on Jan. 1, aims to slash the sulfur cap on fuel oil from 3.5 to 0.5 percent sulfur content to reduce sulfur oxides (SOx) from ship air emissions. Aside from that, this sulfur cap regulation only covers SOx while ignoring other parameters, such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) and greenhouse gases (GHGs). These parameters will also be the IMO’s future GHG targets for the shipping sector, with the first round due t...