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Shipping: Fuels

Volume 699: debated on Tuesday 19 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether commercial ships entering or leaving United Kingdom ports are required to provide details of fuels carried; and, if so, to whom. [HL1833]

Commercial ships entering and leaving UK ports are not required to provide details of fuels being carried for use on the vessel.

Under planned legislation to bring into effect Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, there will be a requirement for ships to retain samples of fuel oil to demonstrate compliance with fuel quality standards in that convention. These samples and associated documentation may then be reviewed by inspectors when vessels enter port.