UK-based Greenergy has expanded its supply of marine fuels to Tyne in northeast England on the back of its growing sales.

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.

It is little surprise to learn from scrubber manufacturer Yara Marine Technologies ceo Peter Strandberg that “business is fantastic” at the moment given the rush ahead of IMO 2020, but he also believes the product has a more long term future in the marine sphere.

A number of Singapore’s top shipowners are ready for the transition to IMO 2020 low sulphur fuel with BW Group, Maersk Tankers, Pacific Carriers Ltd, AET, and Pacific International Lines (PIL) all named at an industry seminar on Thursday.

Oil and gas major Shell sees a growing commitment to LNG as marine fuel and bio and synthetic options would make it “a robust step” in meeting IMO CO2 targets.

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?

Container carrier APL announced that its fleet has achieved a 47.4% reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per container transported per kilometre in 2018, compared to its base level in 2009.

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