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Singapore gears up for low sulphur bunkering in 2020

Singapore, the world's largest bunkering port, is gearing up for the start of the 0.5% sulphur cap in 2020.

The International Maritime Organization's (IMO) global 0.5% sulphur comes into force on 1 Januray 2020 and the majority of shipowners look set comply by using low sulphur fuels either marine gas oil or hybrid blended low sulphur fuel oil.

At oepning ceremony for the Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition (Sibcon) on Wednesday Singapore's Senior Minister of State, Dr Lam Pin Min, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health set out initiatives planned by the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), which regulates the world's largest bunkering port.

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“To prepare the industry for the 0.5% global sulphur limit, MPA will publish an information sheet on the list of licensed bunker suppliers of low-sulphur fuels in Singapore by mid-2019,” the port authority said. The list will be published on line.

A number of major bunker suppliers have already indicated their readiness to supply low sulphur fuels of less 0.5% sulphur, including Shell, ExxonMobil and BP.

MPA is also continuing to support the development of LNG bunkering and other alternative marine fuels.

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