The new fuels introduced to the bunker market have been found to be diverse. One particular characteristic can however prove troublesome if the vessel is carrying a heat-sensitive cargo, argues Alvin Forster, Loss Prevention Executive, The North of England P&I Club.
2020 sulphur cap
Following a greener path, the shipping industry is constantly searching for alternative fuels that will be in line with the environmental regulations, with LNG currently seeing a high demand.
The shipping industry must consider multiple factors in moving towards decarbonisation, including the future demand for energy and the varied impact on short and deepsea fleet, writes Georgios Plevrakis, Director of Global Sustainability at ABS.
After five months of the implementation of IMO Sulphur Cap, our ‘Sea Sense’ column, in association with the North P&I Club, assesses whether the new measure has managed to enhance maritime safety
As the world expected that 2020 would be focused on the long awaited 2020 sulphur cap from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the spotlights have turned to the COVID-19 and the OPEC+ oil price war, BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst Peter Sand commented.
According to MPA Singapore, in the first quarter of 2020, most ships calling at the Port of Singapore have complied with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2020 sulphur regulations since they came into effect on 1 January 2020.
During the 2020 GREEN4SEA Athens Forum, Mr. Antonis Trakakis, Technical Manager, Arista Shipping, said in his presentation that developments in LNG bunkering infrastructure allow for global trade with medium sized tanks of moderate cost, adding that the technological advances will soon minimize the methane slip.
During the 2020 GREEN4SEA Athens Forum, Mr. John N. Cotzias, Projects & Finance, Xclusive Shipbrokers, provided an overview of the developments up until the 2020 sulphur cap, as well as current developments, and estimations about the future, considering implications due to COVID-19 pandemic.
In efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on supply chains, the UK Maritime Coast Guard Agency has already suspended all checks on vessels for compliance with the 2020 sulphur cap regulations.
Scrubbers have been operating in marine environment for almost 30 years, but the implementation of the IMO 2020 brought a modern era of emissions reduction. Supporting scrubber integration into the marine environment since their first application, ABS has gathered several lessons learned associated with the installation and operation of scrubbers.
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