The Port of Fujairah announced that a 0.5% sulphur bunker fuel will be available at the port, as early as February 2019 onwards. Namely, Fujairah Refilling Limited has began the manufacturing and production of the first bunker fuel oil with 0.5% sulphur which will be delivered in Fujairah.
As the Port stated in a notice to mariners:
We are pleased to inform the vessels calling Fujairah Offshore Anchorage Area and Port of Fujairah that Fujairah Refilling Limited has started manufacturing and production of the first Bunker Fuel Oil 0.5% sulfur which is ready for delivering in Fujairah. That means the Bunker Fuel 0.5% sulfur is available in Fujairah as early as February 2019 onwards
Port of Fujairah is also the last major port that bans open loop scrubbers, in order to be in line with IMO’s strict regulations concerning sulphur emissions, following the steps of Singapore and China, according to Reuters.
Mainly,under IMO’s sulphur restrictions all vessels are obliged to reduce their sulphur content in their fuel to less that 0.50%, in comparison to the 3.50% that exists now.
Master of port of Fujairah noted that the port:
has decided to ban the use of open-loop scrubbers in its waters … ships will have to use compliant fuel once the IMO 2020 sulfur cap comes into force