Singapore-based independent test and research facility Maritec is advising shipowners on how best to meet IMO 2020 fuel testing requirements following reports of excessive sulphur in some very low sulphur fuel oils.
Almost a year after the introduction of the IMO 2020 sulphur cap, Clean Shipping Alliance (CSA) highlights the crucial role of the exhaust gas cleaning systems in the smooth transition, as recently noted by the IMO.
According to Reuters, China’s clean marine fuels exports noted an increase during December, taking 2020 exports of the bunker fuel to 15.45 million tonnes.
The Sea Cargo Charter, a group of energy, agriculture, mining, and commodity trading companies, will for the first time assess and disclose the climate alignment of their shipping activities.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its Annual Review for 2020, covering a broad cross-section of issues in which ICS is engaged on behalf of the global shipping industry.
Before implementation of the IMO 2020 sulphur cap, there were concerns regarding the properties of the new fuel blends, as it was expected that the characteristics of compliant fuels could vary considerably. Considering these, the Standard Club reports its experience so far.
CE Delft issued a new study, in which it finds that scrubbers have a lower climate impact than low-sulphur fuels.
Shipping is experiencing increasing pressure to decarbonize its operations and to reduce emissions to air. In April 2018, the IMO adopted an ambitious GHG reduction strategy, aiming to reduce with at least 50% total GHG emissions from shipping by 2050. As it is expected, such an unprecedented change, poses challenges for a range of stakeholders, from ship owners, to ship builders, designers, and fuel suppliers financiers and policy makers.
Seven months after the implementation of the IMO 2020, the raft of technical issues and leap in fuel prices that were expected to result have failed to materialise, ING Bank said.
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS) issued a report, highlighting that shipping will fail to tackle its GHG emissions unless it sets rules that truly reflect the climate impact of shipping fuels.
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