International Sulphur Regulation

  • Danish Maritime Authority 31 Carl Jacobsens Vej Valby, 2500 Denmark

The requirements on sulfur reductions on the shipping industry will deliver significant reductions in the environmental impact of international shipping. The regulation is, however, perceived as the most expensive regulation ever passed by the IMO and comes with high costs, especially when a global 0,5 limit enters into force in 2020 outside SECAs. The incentive for non-compliance is therefore huge. But what comprises the sulphur regulation, what are the challenges and what are the legal possibilities for enforcing them?

12:00 - 13:00 Sandwiches and networking

Introduction by Peter Krog-Meyer, Senior Advisor, Danish Maritime Authority 

What will be the challenges for the ship owners in 2020? (TBA)
What have we learned from SECA and what are the challenges related to the global cap? How could an efficient regulation and enforcement be structured within the framework of the existing legal possibilities and barriers?

Enforcement of the sulphur regulation - jurisdictional limitations and opportunities
by Henrik Ringbom, Adjunct Professor (Docent) in Maritime Law and the Law of the Sea, Åbo Akademi University, Turku/Åbo, Finland and Professor II, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, University of Oslo, Norway
The presentation deals with the jurisdiction of port, coastal and flag states to enforce the sulphur in fuel requirements. What can coastal and port states do with respect to non-complying ships? Can port states take enforcement measures with respect to violations beyond its own waters? What requirements govern sanctions? How can sanctions be made more efficient? The role of regional bodies (OSPAR/HELCOM and the European Union)?


Moderator: Jan Boyesen, Head of Development, MDC
The event is conducted in English

Participation is free
The event is part of the EnviSuM project
Contact for more information: Henriette Dybkær