Last week’s announcement by the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) that it would ban open-loop scrubbers from its port waters from 1 January 2020 when IMO’s 0.5% global sulphur cap comes into force has set the cat among the pigeons for a growing number of owners opting to for exhaust gas cleaning for compliance with the regulation.
The world’s busiest port Singapore is to ban the use of open-loop scrubbers in its waters and ships will have to use compliant fuel once the IMO 2020 sulphur cap comes into force.
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.
Hapag-Lloyd is the latest major container line to announce a fuel charge to cover the costs of using compliant low sulphur fuel for the 2020 sulphur cap.
Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) president, Theodore Veniamis has attacked the "intense negativism" towards ocean-going shipping by some sectors, which he also says display a "hypocritical" stance on the issue of environmental protection regarding shipping.
As the deadline for 2020 sulphur cap fast approaches compatibility and availability of compliant fuels are top concerns for shipowners and managers and ExxonMobil is keen to assure customers on both counts as it released details of its 2020 compliant fuels range this week.
Outgoing Intercargo chairman John Platsidakis took a number of swipes at regulators during his farewell speech at the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners’ agm in London this week.
Singapore, the world's largest bunkering port, is gearing up for the start of the 0.5% sulphur cap in 2020.