The Port of Rotterdam is the first port globally to provide caustic soda to those switching to scrubbers, so that they’re able to wash the exhaust gases in the closed loop system, in light of the upcoming 2020 sulphur cap.
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Recently, the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management installed an air quality sensor on Splitsingsdam at the Port of Rotterdam’s Maas Entrance; this is one of the additional measures of the ILT in order to monitor sulphur dioxide emissions from shipping.
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.
In his keynote address at the 2019 HANSA Forum in Hamburg, on Thursday, November 21, Bud Darr, MSC Group’s Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy & Government Affairs, highlighted the challenges shipowners face in meeting the goals and regulations in light of the ambitious goal set by the IMO to half sulfur emissions by 2050.
Oil traders are chartering more ships, while they are are trying to find fuel oil storage tanks in and around Singapore, the world’s top bunkering port, aiming to ensure compliance with the upcoming 2020 sulphur cap. This move has increased lease rates for tank storage in Singapore, as well as the number of supertankers floating in Singapore and Malaysian waters.
Intermarine UK signed a new agreement with a Chinese manufacturer to establish the Port of Portland one of UK’s centers for scrubber installation. The deal was signed during Nor-Shipping 2019, with Shandong Pure Ocean Technology. Intermarine will be an agent to Shandong and will offer to install its scrubbers to several ships to assist them comply with upcoming environmental regulations.
The British Ports Association are closely watching the developments at the IMO, as the MEPC 74 is taking place. The Association commented that it applauds IMO’s actions to tackle climate change on a global scale and also the UK’s ambitions to move towards zero emission shipping as part of this.
Stonewin, a fuel supply solutions company, announced that Port Louis, Mauritius will have available VLSFO from May 1st 2019, in light of IMO’s 2020 sulphur regulations that are approaching. The compliant product will be a permanent part of the company’s line in Port Louis ahead of the 2020 deadline.
Experts during the 15th annual Pulse of the Ports Peak Season Forecast at the Port of Long Beach, commented on a slowing domestic economy that will most probably lead to a mediocre uptick in container imports through 2019, after a robust year that experienced a record-high cargo growth due to trade dispute with China.
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. Port of Fujairah is also the last major port that bans open loop scrubbers
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