IMO estimates that since 1 January 2020, the entry into effect of the IMO 2020 regulations led to an estimated 77% drop in overall Sulphur Oxide emissions from ships, significantly improving air quality and protecting human health.
efore the entry into force of the new limit, most ships were using heavy fuel oil. Derived as a residue from crude oil distillation, heavy fuel oil had a much higher sulphur content which, following combustion in the engine, ended up in ships’ emissions. Now, the vast majority of ships are using very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) to comply with the new limit, and no safety issues have to date been reported to IMO.
”Just a useful reminder, not least to everyone that followed the debates during the last 6 months of 2019. We will face the same scaremongering from the same actors on GHG…IMO2020 is a success and shows that major and global changes are possible.” commented on twitter Mr. Simon Bergulf, Senior Director ESG Public & Regulatory Affairs at AP Moller – Maersk
”Great news that only goes to prove that is was possible to make the change . Now let’s move on to GHG emissions and the phasing out of fossil fuels” added Ms Maria Skipper Schwenn, Director at Danish Shipping.
Five key changes
#1 Cleaner air
Annual reduction of approximately 8.5 million metric tonnes of SOx
#2 Positive impacts on human health
Premature deaths, cardiovascular, respiratory and pulmonary diseases will all be reduced
#3 Higher quality fuels
The majority of ships will switch to higher quality, low sulphur fuel oil to meet the limit
#4 Ship operators , owners and refineries have adapted
Guidance issued by IMO and other stakeholders to enhance preparedness ahead of the entry into force of Sulphur 2020
#5 Changes for enforcement authorities
Flag and port State control will be making sure ships are compliant