Between February and May 2020 BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO conducted The Fuel Oil Quality and Safety Survey with the aim to get a greater understanding of the quality of the new fuel oils and possible safety implications of the IMO 2020 sulphur regulation.
In the first quarter of 2020, most ships calling at the Port of Singapore have complied with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2020 sulphur regulations since they came into effect on 1 January 2020.
Consistent implementation of the IMO 2020 regulation which limits sulphur in ships fuel oil is enhanced from 1 March 2020, with the entry into force of a rule to ban the carriage of non-compliant fuel oil.
IMO 2020, the 0.50% limit of sulphur in ships’ fuel oil, has been in effect since 1 January 2020, cutting sulphur oxide emissions from ships operating worldwide.
Shipowners looking to retrofit marine exhaust gas cleaning systems as a way of complying with new sulphur emissions rules should verify the capacity of their fixed fire-fighting systems before undertaking any retrofit projects.
It supports operators in preparation for the 0.5% sulphur cap and provides the tools required for effective fuel stewardship of FAME blended marine fuels.
Clean Arctic Alliance is calling for the IMO to support an immediate switch to distillate fuels for ships in the Arctic and develop a global rule prohibiting fuels with high Black Carbon emissions.
The Tokyo and Paris MoUs on PSC have been working collaboratively to ensure that vessel owners and operators are aware that under the Authorities belonging to these MoUs, inspections will be undertaken to ensure compliance.
The final quarter of 2019 marked a massive decline of HSFO sales, as the industry transitioned into compliance with the IMO 2020 Sulfur Cap (IMO2020).