Sulphur cap countdown

With 2020 rapidly approaching, much of the shipping industry is trying to ascertain what the International Maritime Organisation's 2020 sulphur cap means for them. As one of the most important regulations to ever hit the maritime world, it will have an impact across the shipping ecosystem, from boardrooms to engine rooms and brokers to seafarers. Given the scale of the impact, many stakeholders are worried about what it means for their business, while some are also anticipating it could deliver them bumper profits. The Fairplay team will be tracking the key developments as we approach 2020, highlighting the risks and opportunities of this momentus change for our industry.  

News & Analysis

ExxonMobile logo
19 Sep 2018
ExxonMobil Marine Fuels' technical liaison manager said that shipowners will be able to successfully switch to using low-sulphur products, but noted that the outcome rests on owners’ preparedness for the switch, as well as the technical abilities of their crews.
Euronav's Paddy Rodgers
01 Apr 2018
The International Maritime Organization’s 2020 cap on sulphur emissions is the greatest challenge facing the global shipping industry, Euronav tanker group chief executive Paddy Rodgers has told Fairplay.
Eco Marine Power's EnergySail design
29 Mar 2018
As owners and operators look for ways to comply with upcoming carbon emission regulations, Eco Marine Power continues to develop technology using wind and solar energy that can aid vessels both at sea and in port.
Port of Kaohsiung.
22 Mar 2018
Taiwan’s CPC Corporation has begun offering 0.5% sulphur bunkers at Taiwanese ports, but vessels installed with scrubbers will not qualify for a fuel subsidy aimed at encouraging early compliance with the IMO’s global sulphur cap in 2020.
Ship emissions
19 Mar 2018
Pressure is building to ensure the IMO's strategy for reduction of CO₂ emissions is sufficiently ambitious.
Charlotte Røjgaard, global technical manager, marine fuel services, at BV
02 Mar 2018
Getting the balance of regulations right for the enforcement of the 2020 sulphur cap is important and so is getting the chemical balance for the new fuels, warns Bureau Veritas chemical engineer Charlotte Røjgaard. The class society believes there will be no shortage of low-sulphur fuels and that heavy fuel oil prices will spike as demand plunges.