France’s Total is readying to make 0.5% sulphur content fuels available at major bunkering ports from the fourth quarter of this year ahead of the IMO 2020 regulation, and the state oil firm is projecting a gradual global uptake of LNG as a marine fuel.

Following the Marine Environment Protection Committee 74 (MEPC 74) meeting last week the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has published guideline adopted for the 2020 sulphur cap online.

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The Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) has said though a disproportionate share of responsibility is still placed on shipowners, the IMO made "significant progress in terms of addressing a number of important and unforeseen problems with regard to the global 0.5% sulphur cap regime only months before the commencement of its implementation and enforcement".

The Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has issued advice on reception facilities from waste from closed-loop scrubbers, which is classified as toxic.

Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd has booked the HFO-to-LNG conversion of its 15,000 teu ‘LNG-ready’ container ship, Sajir, acquired in its 2017 take-over of UASC, at China’s Huarun Dadong Shipyard.

With the sulphur cap less than eight months away the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is pushing to get guidelines for non-availability of fuel adopted at the IMO MEPC meeting this week.

UAE-based Brooge Petroleum and Gas Investment Co (BPGIC) has unveiled a plan to build a 250,000-barrels per day (bpd) capacity refinery to produce IMO 2020-compliant bunker fuel in Fujairah.

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.

Ahead of the critical IMO Marine Environment and Protection Committee 74 (MEPC 74) meeting in London next week, the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) urges IMO members and all stakeholders to "face up to their responsibilities” and reach “workable and sustainable solutions”.

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