Bunker Industry Prepares for Sulphur Limit in Ship Fuel

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

July 31, 2017

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 An audience of ship owners, fuel suppliers, traders and maritime technology providers attending the IBC Asia Bunkering conference in Singapore has heard about  International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s latest work on low carbon shipping and air pollution control. 

IMO’s Edmund Hughes provided an update on the work being carried out by the Organization to support effective and consistent implementation of the 0.50% global limit on the sulphur content of fuel oil which will apply from 1 January 2020.
Preparations by the bunker industry for complying with the sulphur limit was one of the key issues being discussed at the conference (26-28 July). 
These included strategies surrounding likely types of compliant fuel oil, use of exhaust gas cleaning systems, and development of a bunkering infrastructure to supply gas for use as an alternative fuel.
Hughes also highlighted progress on the roadmap for the development of a comprehensive IMO strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships.
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