Singapore to Ban ‘Wash Water’ Discharges from Open-Loop Scrubber Systems from 2020

By Roslan Khasawneh SINGAPORE, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Singapore's Maritime Port Authority (MPA) will ban the discharge of "wash water" used in ships to scrub engine exhaust from Jan. 1, 2020, the MPA said on Friday. The ban of so-called open-loop scrubbers is part of an effort to prepare one of the world's busiest ports for International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules … [Read more...]

Could Your Used Vegetable Oil Be Used to Power World Trade?

By Alex Longley (Bloomberg) -- A Danish shipping company is planning to use waste vegetable oil to power its fleet, the latest in a list of fuel innovations from a transportation industry that’s under intense pressure to lower its carbon footprint. D/S Norden A/S, which runs more than 300 merchant ships, doesn’t yet know how many companies will want their cargoes delivered … [Read more...]

Shipping Fears Engine Failures as Industry Switches to Low Sulphur Fuel

By Ellen Milligan (Bloomberg) -- Add oil tankers breaking down at sea to the list of things shipping companies are worrying about as they brace for a once-in-a-generation overhaul to the kind of fuel the industry must consume. From Jan. 1, 2020, the vast majority of the world’s merchant fleet will have to use fuel containing no more than 0.5 percent sulfur, down … [Read more...]

Dirty Secrets: Tainted Bunker Fuel Sparks Calls for Tighter Quality Control in Shipping

By Roslan Khasawneh SINGAPORE, Sept 5 (Reuters) - A wave of contaminated fuel that has clogged and damaged engines on hundreds of oil tankers and container vessels in the past months has pushed shippers to demand stricter quality controls around the world. The calls are shining a light on the notoriously opaque shipping fuel sector, where any contamination can spread quickly … [Read more...]

Maersk, Vopak to Launch Low Sulphur Fuel Bunkering Facility in Rotterdam Before 2020

A.P. Moller - Maersk, owner of the world's largest shipping line, has agreed to a joint initiative with independent tank storage operator Royal Vopak to launch a low sulphur bunkering facility in Rotterdam. The facility will help Maersk and other carriers meet the strict rules regarding the International Maritime Organization's .5% sulphur cap beginning in 2020. Located … [Read more...]