20 December 2019
Applicability: Shipowners, ship operators, ship managers, shipbuilders.
Prohibition of new installations containing HCFCs from 1 January 2020.
This is a reminder that the requirements of MARPOL Annex VI, Regulation 12 regarding ozone depleting substances will come into effect from 1 January 2020.
These include prohibiting installations that contain hydro-chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs):
- on ships constructed (keel lay date) on or after 1 January 2020; or
- in the case of ships constructed (keel lay date) before 1 January 2020, which have a contractual delivery date of the equipment to the ship on or after 1 January 2020 or, in the absence of a contractual delivery date, the actual delivery of the equipment to the ship on or after 1 January 2020.
Existing ships, which use HCFCs within the systems and equipment, may continue to do so in accordance with the existing requirements of MARPOL Annex VI, Regulation 12 and any other national or international regulations, as applicable to the ship. These include the obligations towards the Flag state to which it is registered, and/or the local legislation imposed by the port state.