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.
2020 sulphur cap
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
In 2018, the sale of bunker oil in the Rotterdam bunker port fell from 9.9 million m3 to 9.5 million m3. This reduction can be explained by the decline in sales of heavy fuel oil from 8.3 million m3 to 7.9 million m3. On the other hand, the throughput of LNG as bunker fuel increased considerably from 1,500 to 9,500 tonnes. What is more, the introduction of the ‘Timetobunker App’ was successful.
During 2018, the signatories to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change adopted the guidelines for its implementation. International shipping can can contribute greatly in the transition towards a more sustainable economy. This can be done by developing new vessel types and by improving the current fleet. Digitalization will play a key role in these programmes, Port of Rotterdam believes.
Ecodelta, a new trailing suction hopper (TSHD), run by LNG, was christened on January 11 in the Dutch port of Rotterdam. The dredging vessel is the key component of the new contract entered into force by Bagger & Aannemingsmaatschappij Van der Kamp and the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
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