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.
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).
Singapore is enforcing the use of mass flow meters (MFMs) for all distillates bunker delivery from 1 July 2019, following on from the mandated use of MFM systems for heavy fuel oil delivery since the beginnning of 2017.
Israel’s Oil Refineries Ltd (ORL) has supplied its first cargo of IMO 2020 compliant bunker fuel with sulphur content capped at 0.5%, reports said.
The shortsea shipping industry is being left behind in the effort to adjust to new global environmental regulations despite it being the maritime domain that needs clean fuel the most. Still, the positive impact of these regulations is the subject of some dispute.
A new independent study conducted by Netherlands-based CE Delft has found negligible environmental impact from accumulated scrubber wash water in ports, the Clean Shipping Alliance (CSA) 2020 has highlighted.
Liu Xiaoming, Vice Minister of China’s Ministry of Transport (MOT) takes over the former vice minister He Jianzhong’s role and will be responsible for maritime sector, according to the notice released by MOT.
Oil major Chevron has revealed that it will offer the IMO 2020-compliant 0.5% sulphur bunker fuel by the end of the third quarter, reports said.