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A dedicated online forum for open and in-depth discussions about the implications of the IMO rulings on the reduction of sulphur in maritime fuelsThis is your community and we encourage you to raise issues, debate industry questions and solutions for meeting the requirements.

Compliance with the IMO Sulphur2020 Global Sulphur Cap

The Sulphur Regulation is now in force – The IMO regulations 2020 on marine fuels, which reduce the global fuel sulphur cap from 3.5% to 0.5%, came into effect on 1 January 2020.

From 1st March 2020, a carriage ban on non-compliant fuel oil came into force. This means that ships can no longer carry non-compliant fuel on-board unless it is carried as cargo. The carriage ban does not apply to vessels fitted with operational scrubbers.

Compliance with the IMO sulphur cap can be achieved by ensuring that marine engines use a low sulphur fuel oil or marine distillate oils, which already comply with low sulphur regulations or a scrubber system, to reduce SOx.

Coronavirus impact masking post –
IMO sulphur 2020 risks for marine fuels

Potential risks from the fallout of IMO 2020 compliance are lying dormant as the industry stares down the immediate challenge of a sharp downturn in global seaborne trade. The biggest threat though is from the quality issues of the very low sulfur fuel oil.  Sedimentation, stability and compatibility questions remain unresolved. 



Sulphur 2020:

How is it impacting your business?

One of the best solutions for meeting the 2020 sulphur cap is switching from heavy fuel oil to low sulphur fuel. This can have serious implications if the right preparations haven’t been made undertaken.

Unless the tank has been cleaned properly and there is not a fraction of the heavy fuel left in the tank, you will not be able to meet the specifications as there will be contamination of the new fuel.

This will not only be costly but also make your vessels non-compliant. Sulphur compliance starts in the fuel tanks.

Aderco shows the smart way to comply IMO 2020

Aderco – the world’s leading fuel treatment provider – produced prior to the introduction of the cap, a video offering a concise and detailed insight into the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) 2020 sulphur cap – this is still relevant today.

Available on YouTube the video outlines clear, concise facts about the importance of tank cleaning before any new fuel is added to a ship’s tanks and why the use of fuel treatments is so important in the maintenance of marine diesel engines.

Among the issues looked at are fuel availability; fuel costs, the increased hazards during fuel changeover procedures; fuel lubricity and incompatibility of fuels; the presence of catalytic fines and contaminants; the issues of insurance and indemnity cover and where and when the new fuels will be available.

Olivier Baiwir, CEO of Aderco, wanted to ensure that everyone in the shipping world could see the video as it clearly outlines the important decision ship owners, ship managers and operators need to make and are still relevant today.

“We have been working with clients for more than 37 years offering them tailored solutions using fuel treatments and this video is another very useful tool in this process of explaining the cap and implications on shipping fleets. Rather than docking a ship for weeks and paying millions of dollars to install a scrubber, ship owners, ship managers and operators can use Aderco fuel treatment to flush and clean their tanks for the six months prior to the cap starting to ensure they are ready to be compliant with the new regulations. Aderco fuel treatments are used to treat 40 million metric tonnes of fuel every year and regular use will protect diesel engines from corrosion and contaminants.”

Aderco provides a solution for cleaning your fuel tanks – making sure they are not contaminated and will be fully compliant. The Aderco solutions are highly cost-effective and at less than $1 per tonne treated!

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Sulphur 2020 Cap where we are now – November 2019 

Together the most used word in the video

ExxonMobil’s Talking Points video series, we challenge Teekay Tankers to a game of French Boules to talk about the fast approaching IMO 2020 deadline. Teekay Tankers’ CEO, Kevin MacKay, and Head of Ship Management, Ray McNamara, compete with ExxonMobil’s Marine Fuels Venture Manager, Luca Volta, and Global Marine Lubricants Manager, Frans Horjus. Discussion points include the importance of high quality, compliant fuel supplies, the reliability of compatible lubricants and value-adding services to ensure smooth sailing.


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