How IMO 2020 May Actually Make Ship Fuel Dirtier

By Jack Wittels and Alex Longley (Bloomberg) -- In fewer than 12 months’ time, thousands of merchant ships are going to start burning fuel containing higher concentrations of sulfur. That’s a quirky outcome of rules that are supposed to cut emissions of the pollutant. How and why will this happen? The rules, set out by the International Maritime Organization back … [Read more...]

China Bans Discharge from Open-Loop Scrubbers in Some Waters

For now, the ban applies only to wash water discharges in inland ECAs, port waters in domestic emission control areas, and in Bohai Bay, but a full ban on open-loop scrubbers could be adopted soon.  BEIJING/SINGAPORE, Jan 8 (Reuters) - China's maritime authority has banned the discharge of "wash water" used in ships to strip hazardous sulphur emissions from … [Read more...]

Singapore 2018 Fuel Oil Trade Volumes Nearly Halved as IMO 2020 Looms

By Roslan Khasawneh SINGAPORE, Jan 3 (Reuters) - High-sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) volumes traded in S&P Global Platts' Singapore price assessment process were nearly halved in 2018 from the previous year, signs of a market shift ahead of tougher global marine fuel rules coming in 2020. New rules from 2020 will ban ships from using fuel oil with a sulphur content above … [Read more...]

Scrubber Installation Picking Up Steam Ahead of IMO 2020

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) - The number of exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) being installed on containerships is gathering pace, according to Drewry. It now accounts for 10% of the global fleet by teu capacity, and more than 40% of newbuild vessels are being fitted with the onboard fuel refineries. Currently there are 266 boxships fitted with scrubbers, for an … [Read more...]

BIMCO Publishes IMO 2020 Sulphur Clauses

International shipping association BIMCO has published two sulphur content-related bunker clauses dealing with general compliance and the transitional period for the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 global sulphur limit in marine fuel. The two clauses are BIMCO 2020 Marine Sulphur Content Clause for Time Charter Parties and BIMCO 2020 Fuel Transition Clause for … [Read more...]