At their 70th session (MEPC 70) held in London, the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of International Maritime Organization(IMO) has announced that the 0.5 percent global sulfur cap on marine fuel will be implemented from 2020, rather than the proposed delayed date of 2025.
The decision on the date follows an official assessment on fuel availability – conducted by a CE Delft‐led consortium that concluded that global shortages of compliant fuel in 2020 are ‘improbable’ and refineries have adequate capacity in even the highest demand scenarios.
The Marine industry now has to decide on compliance measures – either low‐sulphur fuel, the installation of exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) or the use of alternative fuels (including LNG).
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Source: Viswa Lab