The initial impact of the first six months of the 0.1% sulphur limit for marine fuels has not been as drastic as some predicted. Most concerns were understandably focused on the cost of compliance; however, the steep and sustained drop in global oil prices offered relief at just the right time.
UK P&I Club has expressed concern over the increasing number of states forming new sulphur regulations, and the availability of low-sulphur fuels.
MAN Diesel & Turbo has run successful tests of a new liquid-gas-injection engine, the ME-LGI, set for installation on a newbuild Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) methanol carrier series.
“Adapt to the new business models, face the on-going changes in the bunker market or suffer the consequences,” was the main focus of the Maritime Week Americas, a bunker regional conference held in Cartagena, Colombia and organised by Petrospot.
Having reviewed the fuel analysis data on a quarterly basis for a number of years, it is clear that for some time now the general quality, as measured by compliance with the specification limits, has been fairly steady.
Shenzhen Port's efforts to reduce emissions is gaining some traction with Hapag-Lloyd announcing it has entered into an agreement with the port to cut sulphur oxide emissions.
Last week, Transfennica announced it would be closing a ro-ro service running between Bilbao, Portsmouth and Zeebrugge. The line has become the latest casualty for North Sea operators in the run up to the 2015 entry into force of the European Commission’s (EC) 0.1% sulphur cap inthe North Europe and Baltic emission control areas (ECAs).