International Maritime Organisation (IMO) announces possible five year delay to marine Tier III legislation

Niels Tholen - 27 June 2013

Edmund Hughes, Marine Environment Division from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), announced last week a possible five year delay to the IMO Tier III legislation for marine vessels.

The initial implementation date was agreed last month and set at 2016, but was postponed after the Russian delegation submitted a late amendment to MARPOL Annex VI which would delay the implementation date of the Tier III legislation publication. The Russian delegation voiced concern over Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology and the implementation date for Tier III among other things.

Many industry leaders and the American delegation voiced their surprise and anger at the proposed delay, stating that the market is ready for 2016 implementation. Mr Hughes pointed out that the postponing of the adoption of Tier III legislation was still being debated. A meeting is scheduled for April 2014 to decide whether to push the deadline back to 2021 or to stay with the original implementation date of 2016.

The announcement was made at Integer's 9th Diesel Emissions Conference & AdBlue Forum Europe in Düsseldorf.

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