The topic of the 2020 sulphur cap and related issue of scrubbers was prominent at the Marine Money Hong Kong Ship Finance Forum despite it being a mainly finance-based event, suggesting its prominence in the considerations of industry players.

Alfa Laval is taking concrete steps to make connectivity a reality. A new connectivity programme for Alfa Laval PureSOx scrubbers will bring customers simpler and even more reliable SOx compliance.

SEA\LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, has thrown its support behind the carriage ban on non-compliant fuels proposed by the IMO when the 0.5% sulphur fuel limit comes into force in January 2020.

In the first article of this two-part series international shipping lawyer Torgeir Willumsen takes a closer look at key commercial and legal obstacles to autonomous shipping.

As the deadline for the global cap on sulphur fuel draws nearer, more industry players are weighing in with their opinions on the way forward.

The IMO is moving towards ships being banned from carrying fuel with greater than 0.5% sulphur content from 2020 unless a scrubber is fitted.

A lack of uniform international environmental regulations will impede the adoption of green technologies in shipping, said over two thirds (68%) of global marine industry executives, according to a new report from global law firm Clyde & Co and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST).

The current excitement being seen around LNG as a marine fuel is not the first time it’s been heralded as the fuel of the future, but that this time it really appears to be gaining traction.

As the debate over future fuel choices rages on naval architect and marine engineering firm Foreship believes owners will turn back to high sulphur heavy fuel oil by 2030 with 30% of owners opting for scrubbers.

While a panel on the tanker and gas markets, as well as the container shipping session, at the Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference in Hong Kong almost unanimously agreed that scrubbers are not the solution to the emissions control issue, there was one contrarian view that they are needed for the industry to remain competitive.

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