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.

The shortsea shipping industry is being left behind in the effort to adjust to new global environmental regulations despite it being the maritime domain that needs clean fuel the most. Still, the positive impact of these regulations is the subject of some dispute.

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.

Liu Xiaoming, Vice Minister of China’s Ministry of Transport (MOT) takes over the former vice minister He Jianzhong’s role and will be responsible for maritime sector, according to the notice released by MOT.

Oil major Chevron has revealed that it will offer the IMO 2020-compliant 0.5% sulphur bunker fuel by the end of the third quarter, reports said.

Matson, Inc. has announced that it has begun installing scrubbers on six of its vessels in its Hawaii and China-Long Beach Express services as part of its strategy to reduce emissions in line with the upcoming IMO 2020 regulation.

Shipowners opting to use scrubber technology starting 2020 should be prepared to face mandatory scrubber washwater monitoring, according to water quality monitoring technology firm Rivertrace.

The business case for retrofitting scrubbers will eventually “disappear” as the price spread between high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) and low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) will keep on narrowing, according to Drewry Maritime Research.

Singapore-based bunker supplier Southernpec (Singapore) has been permanently banned from supplying marine fuels in the port of Singapore after the local port authority revoked its bunker supplier licence.

As much as 16% of the global containership fleet by vessel count and 35.7% in terms of capacity have been equipped with scrubbers as at end-May, seven months ahead of the implementation of the IMO 2020 regulation, according to Alphaliner data.

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