The global availability of safe compliant bunker fuels remains a key question largely unanswered with less than six months away from the IMO 2020 regulation, Intercargo said as it raises safety concerns.

Safe Bulkers has completed the installation of its first scrubber on a post-panamax vessel, following up on its previously announced plan to retrofit scrubbers on close to half of its fleet of 41 bulk carriers.

Scorpio Group has added a further 23 scrubber units for $33.3m from Pacific Green Technologies to be installed on its bulker and tanker fleets.

Taiwan’s state-owned shipbuilder CSBC Corp has completed an installation of a scrubber into a 13,000-teu containership owned by Hong Kong’s Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL).

Japan has updated that the country’s first trial of using IMO-compliant bunker fuel on coastal vessels has been successfully conducted, ahead of the next step of low-sulphur bunkering for ocean-going ships.

Panama's new President Laurentino Cortizo has sworn in his cabinet and with it a new team for the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) that oversees the maritime sector and the world’s largest Ship Registry.

China is to launch a bonded low-sulphur bunker fuel oil contract that will allow foreign investors to participate in trading by the end of this year, according to Shanghai Futures Exchanges.

Right now, the 2020 sulphur cap is on all of our minds. That was especially clear a few weeks ago as I was speaking at a customer seminar in Tokyo. The participants asked a lot of excellent questions, most of which dealt with the same theme: what will next year’s fuels look like and how do we deal practically with the challenges they pose?

China’s Cosco Shipping Lines is planning to complete the installation of scrubbers on 10 of its existing containerships by this year, ahead of the IMO 2020 sulphur cap regulation.

An estimated 4,000 ships will be fitted with scrubbers by 1 January 2020 when IMO’s global bunker fuel sulphur cap rule is enforced, according to the Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association (EGCSA).

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