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.

With the IMO 2020 regulation just round the corner, shipowners are mostly catching up on understanding fuel compatibility and operational issues, but the equally important legal aspects have been largely left unsaid.

The parliamentary debate at Sea Asia roused the passions of speakers who really got into the playing the part of a political debate with the motion of - “This house believes that too much is expected of the shipping industry on environmental matters”.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has recently published a list of licensed bunker suppliers that are able to provide IMO 2020 compliant fuels in Singapore.

Shell Marine will introduce its new two-stroke engine cylinder oil dedicated for use with ship engines running on 0.5% sulphur fuel into the Singapore market this year, ahead of the IMO 2020 regulation.

An estimated 860,000 barrels per day (bpd) of bunker fuel demand will not be in compliant with the 0.5% sulphur content cap regulation set to be enforced from 2020, according to energy research consultant Rystad Energy.

Japan’s ClassNK has come out in support of the IMO 2020 regulation by developing a guidance on the use of 0.5% fuels and a sample implementation plan for switching to compliant fuels.

Vopak Terminals Singapore has kicked start its Sebarok tank expansion project that is set to add four new tanks to store marine gasoil (MGO) in anticipation of demand ahead of the IMO 2020 regulation.

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