IMO: Preparations intensify as 1 January 2020 global cut in sulphur in ship’s fuel oil looms

“IMO 2020” requirements for ships to cut sulphur oxide emissions enter into effect in just over one month’s time. This will significantly reduce air pollution from ships with positive benefits for human health and the environment.

The new requirement means that the global limit for sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships will be reduced to 0.50% m/m (mass by mass). Within designated emission control areas (ECAs), the limit will remain at 0.10%. The new limit will be mandatory, under a regulation in Annex VI of IMO’s MARPOL convention for the prevention of pollution from ships.

Both the Organization and the shipping sector – as well as refineries and fuel (bunker) suppliers – have been rigorously preparing for…

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