“The regulators have laid out the rules, but the path for ship owners, operators and carriers to complying with the low sulphur limit remains rocky,” Panalpina
New bunker surcharges announced by container lines have already drawn harsh criticism from shippers and forwarders as they move to pass on the additional costs of compliance to their customers.
“These costs will be implemented sooner rather than later. Panalpina expects implementation already at the end of Q3 or beginning of Q4,” the company said. Panalpina has already introduced its own global bunker mechanism earlier this year and it is updated quarterly.
With concerns over availability of fuels, the quality of blended compliant fuels and ships be drydocked to fit scrubbers Panalpina is warning of disruption to its customers.
“There is a considerable potential for supply chain disruptions due to delays in fuel supply, denied port calls, retrofitting or downtime of ships. Expect choppy waves in the months leading up to and stretching beyond the IMO2020 sulphur cap,” Panalpina said.