The bunker and shipping industry has welcomed the International Maritime Organization’s mandatory marine fuel consumption data regulation for global shipping from 2019.

The new regulation 22A on collection and reporting of ship fuel oil consumption data and new appendices, was adopted by IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee on October 28 as amendments to chapter 4 of annex VI of MARPOL.

It requires ships above 5,000 gross tonnage to start collecting and reporting data to an IMO Ship Fuel Oil Consumption Database from the start of 2019, the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) said on its website.

“These amendments are expected to enter into force on 1 March 2018, under the tacit acceptance procedure,” it added.