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.
If you have not started planning the process of switching your ships from running on high sulphur fuel (HFO) to compliant low sulphur fuel oil (LFSO) for IMO 2020 you need to do it today, was the message at a Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) breakfast seminar in Singapore on Thursday.
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.
Wallenius Wilhelmsen has become the latest shipowner to join the scrubber advocacy group Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA 2020), increasing the organisation’s membership to 35 shipowners operating a combined fleet of almost 2,500 vessels.
The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (Intercargo) has urged dry cargo owners to prepare their vessels for “landmark changes” in shipping in 2019.
Tanker owner and operator Torm has joined Inatech on an app to tackle the anticipated complex bunkering landscape in shipping post-2020.
Despite assurances from fuel suppliers over the availability of compliant fuel to meet IMO 2020 from 1 January next year, industry executives warn that logistics will be a mess and the majority of smaller bunkering ports will not have low sulphur fuel.
Another analyst has warned of impending financial doom for container lines if they fail to recoup the additional costs of meeting the IMO 2020 0.5% sulphur cap.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has warned that shipowners issued with a Fuel Oil Non Availability Report (FONAR) do not mean they have a ‘free pass’ to use non-compliant bunker fuel from 2020.