The new low-sulphur bunker oil VLSFO has become extremely popular in Port of Rotterdam. In fact, half of all November bunker sales were for VLSFO, as seen from the bunkering notifications via the Port of Rotterdam Authority’s TimeToBunker App.
2020 sulphur cap
Denmark’s Norden is partnering with Kvasir Technologies, from the Technological University of Denmark, to develop a patented technology to produce fuel from plant material, the latest move from the line to look for alternative fuels.
Gavin Thompson, Vice Chair of Asia Pacific in its monthly blog discusses the upcoming IMO 2020 sulphur cap, the scrubber installations through the years and how ready the industry is to keep up with the changes.
Although the shipping industry has been preparing for the upcoming 2020 sulphur cap, international maritime law specialist Hill Dickinson comments that it will be a challenging period for litigators as they will have to deal with disputes between owners, charterers and bunker suppliers in cases of non-compliance
The HSFO that is currently offered and used in ports is experiencing a decrease, and could be limited in light of the upcoming 2020 sulphur cap, as the Marine Bunker Exchange, MABUX, reported.
China will launch low sulphur fuel oil futures during the first quarter of 2020, in line with the changes following that year, from IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap to the goals set in the Paris Agreement, playing a crucial role in making the shipping industry more sustainable and greener.
Bloomberg reports that ship owners are waiting longer and paying more to refuel at the world’s top bunkering hub, Singapore, as the industry struggles to prepare for the implementation of new ship-fuel rules in a few weeks.
According to a study published by the German Shipowners’ Association (Verband Deutscher Reeder,VDR) most of the German ships will use low-sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) from January 1, in order to follow with the IMO’s 2020 regulation “Global sulphur cup”.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) announced that the Pre-Arrival Notification (PAN) has been revised to incorporate the requirements for reporting on the use of compliant fuels in accordance with the fast approaching IMO 2020 sulphur cap.
Speaking during the 31st IMO Assembly Opening Session, the Greek minister of maritime affairs and insular policy Ioannis Plakiotakis, expressed his worries about the imminent implementation of the 2020 sulphur cap, calling for a postponement.
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