The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) has reported that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted amendments to the MARPOL Annex VI Tier III NOx emissions regulations, delaying the implementation of this regulation for superyachts

Tony Rice, ICOMIA secretary general, comments: “This has been a three-year journey for us, from initially understanding the implications of this regulation to what we’ve achieved today – the amendment being adopted successfully. I am very grateful for the significant support received from our marine industry association members, their yards and our sister association SYBAss.”

ICOMIA has been at the forefront of the sector’s work on the impact of the Tier III regulation since 2010 when it became apparent this was not just an engine manufacturer issue. ICOMIA has been active in bringing together the yacht builders, engine manufacturers, classification societies, specialist catalyst and related equipment manufacturers to assess and attempt to resolve the challenges of fitting compliant equipment in superyachts.

“Critical in our success was our major impact assessment comprising of three separate studies that we completed a year ago. The support of several national administrations has been fundamental to the work undertaken at IMO. In particular, I’d like to single out the Marshall Islands Registry that have submitted papers on our behalf and engaged with key Flag States in the submission of these final successful amendments at MEPC 66. This five-year delay will allow the industry time to develop more optimised solutions for Tier III compliant installations on these yachts.”

IMO made the announcement at the 66th MEPC session held today in London.