Italian shipowner Grimaldi Group has called for tighter regulations on ro-ro and containers following its second serious fire on board a vessel this year.

With the IMO 2020 implementation day approaching, oil major Shell announced that it has carried out 19 successful trials of its very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) at key ports globally.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has revoked the bunker craft operator licence of Southernpec (Singapore) effective 8 May due to the bunker player’s malpractice of using a magnet to interfere with the mass flow meter (MFM) reading.

In this Sea Asia report – the final of a three-part series – we look at how global developments are impacting the maritime industry and what the industry needs to do to be able to move comfortably through these changes.

A group of 14 Republican Senators have urged US President Donald Trump to support the implementation of the IMO 2020 regulation on curbing sulphur emissions from ships.

Esben Poulsson has arguably become one of the best known faces in shipping. The Dane, who has spent much of his career in Asia, is today both president of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) and chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and is highly active representing the industry both in the Lion City and globally with ICS.

Brazilian state oil firm Petrobras has produced and supplied its first batch of IMO 2020-compliant bunker fuels of 0.34% sulphur content, it has been reported.

With the Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) for ship recycling to become compulsory for vessels calling at European ports IMarEST has warned of a “quagmire of upheaval” for the shipping industry.

A series of meetings in recent days between European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, and leaders of the Greek shipping community appear to have got Commissioner Bulc on side when it comes to regulating the maritime industry.

The Danish Maritime Authority is planning to deploy a large drone to check emissions from ships in Danish waters for compliance with the IMO 2020 global fuel sulphur cap regulation.

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