EU politicians in Brussels are hesitant to take the lead when it comes to a ban on non-compliant heavy sulphur fuel oil. However, the EU Commission does note significant advantages in potentially no longer using this fuel at sea, and expects that a ban is possible.
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When thinking about how to comply best with the new regulations of the sulphur cap in 2020 not only costs for upcoming retrofits should be taken into account, but also the costs for necessary training. As for the LNG and scrubber option there will be some training needed with these as well, this should be addressed early, before any decision is made.
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According to a report from the Bank of America Merrill Lynch ship owners are likely to go for distillate bunker fuel over other alternatives to heavy fuel oil to meet the requirements of the new global sulphur cap in 2020. Furthermore, BofAML believes that the refining sector is not ready for the changes ahead and questions the infrastructure for LNG bunkering.
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Danish Shipping will be hosting a workshop on how to comply best with the upcoming global sulphur cap. On the 9th of November 2017, Danish Shipping members will get the chance to talk about legal requirements, the refinery processes and how to handle the oil on board. The workshop will also take a closer look at the bunker supplier’s expectations and the status of the scrubber market. Maria Skipper, director at Danish Shipping calls the workshop a “must attend meeting”.
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In recent years there appears to have been an increase in the frequency of engine damage caused by refinery catalytic fines in marine fuel oil. It is also possible that some fuels that comply with the 0.5% sulphur cap will have high levels of cat fines and engine damages might increase even more. The UK P&I Club has published technical advice for operators on how to minimize the risk.
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