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

A marine scrubber unit
21 Sep 2018
Scrubber technology has drawn its fair share of criticism, but remains part of the 2020 sulphur cap debate. 
Euronav CEO Paddy Rodgers
04 Sep 2018
Paddy Rodgers of Euronav says the sulphur regulation due to be enforced from January 2020 is the worst piece of legislation he has seen, while Goldman Sachs believes that investing in scrubbers may be practical only for larger ships as the prices of low- and high-sulphur-content fuels converge. The predicament for owners is made more precarious by the impossibility of predicting the availability and relative price of compliant fuels.
A conceptual image of Blue Technology’s Liberty
03 Sep 2018
As shipping looks to decarbonise completely by the end of the century, some players are introducing disruptive technology that attempts to harness wind energy.
Olympic Legend, one of the crude oil tankers in the Onassis Group fleet
31 Aug 2018
In the run-up to the 2020 crackdown on exhaust emissions, Onassis Group and Korea Line Corporation are the latest shipowners to opt for scrubbers.