MARPOL Annex VI - Fuel Oil Sampling Points

Albion Marine assists operators in arranging for in-use fuel oil sampling points to be installed or designated following section 2 of the Annex to MEPC.1/Circ. 864/Rev.1.


Key amendments in MEPC.324(75) include the following requirements:


• Three types of fuel oil samples now defined in MARPOL – ‘In-use sample,’ ‘Onboard sample’ and ‘MARPOL delivered sample’ – used to check for compliance with sulphur limits

• Ships to have designated sampling points for taking representative samples of fuel oil in use, i.e. ‘In-use samples’ (regs. 14.10 to .13)

• New procedures for in-use and onboard fuel oil sampling (reg. 14.8 and .9)

• Procedures for verification/analysis of in-use samples and onboard samples (Appendix VI, Part 2)

• Amended procedures for verification/analysis of MARPOL delivered samples (Appendix VI, Part 1)




These new requirements for the sampling and verification of the sulfur content of fuel oil, including fuel oil sampling points, enter into force on 1 April 2022. The arrangement shall be described in either a piping diagram or other relevant documents and available for survey. The detailed sampling procedure shall be available onboard.


Early compliance is advised with less than three months until the enforcement date. For more information contact our team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.