Both IMO as well as the shipping sector, including refineries and fuel (bunker) suppliers have been rapidly preparing for the upcoming 2020 sulphur cap, keeping in mind that it is about two months away; Thus, the IMO conducted a roundtable meeting to discuss the future of shipping fuels, the availability of compliant fuel and the FONAR.
2020 sulphur cap
Asad Naqvi and Kevin Cooper are partners at MFB Solicitor discuss BIMCO’s 2020 Fuel Transition Clause for Time Charter Parties, highlighting what the shipowners and charterers should focus on amid the upcoming 2020 sulphur cap and fuel switches.
The Panama Canal joined the regions where discharge of wash water from open-loop Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems has been prohibited, publishing a marine advisory to assist stakeholders of the fuel requirements when anchoring, transiting through and docking at terminals in Panama Canal waters.
The path towards 2020 sulphur cap remains challenging, especially for those operators that have invested in open loop scrubbers, after many ports have announced that they are restricting or completely banning ships from using fuel cleaning systems that pump waste water into the sea.
To support industry management of risk and safety ahead of the implementation of the 2020 sulphur cap, RightShip calls operators of ships more than 8,000 DWT to confirm their compliant fuel choices and ship implementation plans in a new compliance assessment.
As the IMO 2020 sulphur cap is just around the corner, Argus Media published an infographic depicting compliant fuel’s availability assessment worldwide. Despite being at a very early stage, sales of 2020 compliant fuel have already started at ports globally.
Members of the Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 expressed disappointment in regard to Malaysia’s recently-announced decision to prohibit the use of open-loop scrubbers in its coastal waters, stressing concerns for shipowners who have already opted for scrubbers as a way of compliance with the 2020 sulphur cap.
The upcoming 2020 sulphur cap, although it comes with many environmental advantages, it also hide challenges; Shortages of sulphur cap-compliant fuels may appear at some ports in Africa, South America and Southeast Asia next year, as Reuters reports.
In light of the upcoming 2020 Sulphur cap, the shipping industry along with the oil and gas sector are preparing for the future changes; Thus, Reuters presents a summary of how the top global refiners are getting ready for the fuel switch.
In the wake of recent criticism for the adverse consequences of the use of scrubbers, as well as several port bans on open-loop scrubbers globally, Svein Ole Strømmen, chief operating officer of Clean Marine, cited scientific data proving safety of scrubbers and argued that these systems are useful for the green future of shipping.
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