Wilhelmsen Ship Service (WSS) has signed an agreement with Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science to supply a convenient handheld device that can test the sulphur content of fuels onboard.

Research firm Woodmac has forecast that just over 10% of marine fuel will be scrubbed in 2020 when the IMO 0.5% sulphur cap rule is enforced.

The debate currently raging over the use of open-loop scrubbers to meet the requirements of the IMO’s 2020 0.5% sulphur cap for marine fuel represents a massive own goal by the industry - from both a PR and global regulatory perspective.

The World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Competitiveness Report published on October 17, 2018, revealed that Saudi Arabia’s Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) improved by two ranks compared to last year, placing the Kingdom in the 39th position among the 140 countries included in the report.

The Competition Commission of Hong Kong announced that it has started investigation into the Hong Kong Seaport Alliance on its potential breach of competition rules.

Bunker delivery note (BDN) amendments relating to supply of marine fuels to ships with alternative mechanisms to address sulphur emission requirements have entered into force on 1 January 2019, IMO said.

China has enforced a ban on the use of open-loop scrubbers in the country’s inland Emissions Control Areas (ECAs), port waters under coastal domestic ECA and the Bohai waters, though a countrywide ban could be implemented in future, according to Bimco.

China has banned the use of open-loop scrubbers effective 1 January 2019 in the country’s emission control areas (ECAs) covering inland waters and most of its coastline.

In the second part of most read stories by month in 2018 on Seatrade Maritime News we look at July to December.

As 2018 draws to a close we take a look at what were the top stories each month on Seatrade Maritime News. This week we look at January through to June, with July to December to follow next week.

 

 

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