Major freight forwarder Panalpina has warned its ocean customers of potential disruption to supply chains ahead of the IMO 2020 sulphur cap.

Charter party issues are a major concern ahead of the IMO 2020 regulation and these were highlighted the UAE shipping community by Bimco at seminar hosted by the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC).

Israel’s Oil Refineries Ltd (ORL) has supplied its first cargo of IMO 2020 compliant bunker fuel with sulphur content capped at 0.5%, reports said.

Greek shipowners have applauded the adoption by the IMO MSC 101 of a specific action plan to deal with critical safety issues and liability implications associated with the 0.5% sulphur marine fuels. However, the Union of the Greek Shipowners (UGS) calls on all industry stakeholders to take action to ensure safe fuel is available.

Eleven major shipping banks representing a bank loan portfolio to global shipping of around $100bn have launched a new global framework to incentivise shipping’s move toward decarbonisation.

A new independent study conducted by Netherlands-based CE Delft has found negligible environmental impact from accumulated scrubber wash water in ports, the Clean Shipping Alliance (CSA) 2020 has highlighted.

Palau International Ship Registry (PISR), flag administration of The Republic of Palau, has been recognised by the IMO as being in full compliance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, affording it white list status under STCW Convention 1978.

Shipping industry organisations have condemned the attacks on two tankers on the Gulf of Oman on Thursday and expressed concern over the global economic impact of a threat to maritime traffic in the Straits of Hormuz.

Right now, the 2020 sulphur cap is on all of our minds. That was especially clear a few weeks ago as I was speaking at a customer seminar in Tokyo. The participants asked a lot of excellent questions, most of which dealt with the same theme: what will next year’s fuels look like and how do we deal practically with the challenges they pose?

Piracy is continuing to pose dangers to seafarers onboard ships in the Gulf of Guinea and the shipping industry is urging the authorities to take immediate action to stamp out the threat.

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