Fuel tester Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) is not expecting major problems with compliant 0.5% low sulphur fuel oil set to be used to meet the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap.

Japanese shipowner NYK has released a concept design for a zero emission car carrier.

Feeder vessel owner MPC Container Ships has lined up a major potential scrubber orders for the majority of its fleet.

Torm has joined Frontline in investing in a scrubber manufacturer with the Danish shipowner forming a joint venture with ME Production and Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI).

Norwegian paint manufacturer Jotun AS believes there is huge scope to raise hull and propeller operating efficiency by using shipboard data more effectively. According to Global Concept Director Stein Kjølberg, pictured, only about 15% of the world fleet is equipped with high-frequency performance monitoring equipment and only around 7-8% are using the data efficiently.

For suppliers facing the SOx scrubber boom, production shortcuts can be tempting. But you  will rely on your SOx scrubbers throughout the vessel lifetime, so there’s no room for compromises on materials or quality. 

Babcock Schulte Energy (BSE), a joint venture of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) and Babcock International Group, is actively seeking long term charter contracts to back the purchase of its second LNG supply vessel following the recent delivery of its first vessel unit.

The arrival of the global sulphur limit in 2020 will pose multiple challenges to ship operators, Lloyd’s Register principal consultant on fuels Tim Wilson told a Maritime Future Leaders seminar organised by Dubai Maritime Cluster Office, held at the Seatrade Maritime Middle East event in Dubai this week.

After several lean years prospects are looking good for the LNG sector again, Cyprus set out plans to grow a quality maritime sector, and the IMO agreed a ban on the carriage of heavy fuel oil come 2020.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed a ban on the carriage of high sulphur fuel by vessels unless they are fitted with a scrubber from two months after the 1 January 2020 0.5% sulphur cap coming into force.

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