This measure is fully aligned with IMO's mandate requiring the global sulfur cap in marine fuels to be lowered to 0.5% from the current 3.5%, starting from 1st of January 2020. However, the country decided to implement the measure a year earlier.

It has been reported that the Ministry also announced a grant of T$5,000 to all ships entering regional ports that have changed to compliant fuel before 1 January 2019, starting from 1 February through 2018.

In view of the imminent regulations, SAFETY4SEA has launched a new survey to address future key challenges and shed light to gray areas that may inherent compliance. Click here to have your say in the SAFETY 2020 Fuel Options Survey