New Zealand to join IMO Convention to reduce ship emissions
Topics: NEW ZEALAND IMO SHIP EMISSIONS
Subject to completion of the Parliamentary treaty examination process, New Zealand will sign up to Annex VI of MARPOL, an International Maritime convention for the prevention of pollution from ships.
“Joining this convention will improve the health and environmental impact of shipping emissions, particularly around our port communities.
“It will give Maritime NZ the power to inspect foreign ships for compliance with new emission standards and take enforcement action if necessary.
“Signing up will also ensure New Zealand has a seat at the table as new global greenhouse gas emission maritime regulations are negotiated over the next few years.
“The convention’s regulations limiting sulphur emissions from shipping are due to come into force on 1 January 2020. However, as the previous government did not initiate the process of signing up to this convention, there will be a longer lead in time before these regulations apply to domestic ships.
“The treaty examination process means that New Zealand would sign up to Annex VI in late 2021. Stricter limits on sulphur limits would then apply to domestic ships from early 2022. This gives our shipping and fishing industries sufficient time to prepare for the new regulations,” said Julie Anne Genter.
The IMO convention, MARPOL Annex VI, regulates atmospheric emissions from ships. It will also be the platform for new IMO measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships, which are expected to be ready in 2023. ■