The Danish Maritime Authority is planning to deploy a large drone to check emissions from ships in Danish waters for compliance with the IMO 2020 global fuel sulphur cap regulation.

Bimco maintains there is more match than clash for shipping and the environment and it’s up to the shipping industry to demonstrate what it has done, and what it is doing, to protect the environment.

IMO 2020 continues to dominate discussions in shipping the annual Capital Link conference in New York this week was no exception providing a variety of perspectives from across different sectors of shipping even if there an acknowledgement that “nobody knows” precisely what will happen.

IMO 2020 is everywhere - conferences, expert briefings, webinars, blog posts, newsletter articles, ad ot has gone beyond the province of shipping industry insiders (and readers here) and certainly reached into the mainstream media. Witness two articles in the prestigious Financial Times (FT) within one week.

Oil major BP has announced that it will begin to sell very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5% that meets the upcoming IMO 2020 regulation, following successful sea trials in the Amsterdam/Rotterdam/Antwerp (ARA) and Singapore hubs.

A two-year scientific wash-water study conducted based on Carnival Corporation’s cruise ships have shown that the use of scrubbers are a safe and effective means of compliance with the IMO 2020 sulphur cap requirements.

Against a backdrop of a gloomy outlook for container trades Bimco analyst Peter Sand warns a failure by lines to pass increased fuel costs from the IMO 2020 sulphur cap could result in bankruptcies.

Lawyers from Reed Smith liken the raft of uncertainties facing shipowners and charterers in their charter contracts relating to compliance with the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap to that of the UK with Brexit.

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.

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