Marine Insight email news update on Sulphur 18 October 2019

IMO 2020 or Sulphur 2020 is a regulation that aims to cut sulphur oxide emissions from ships.

Sulphur is prominently found in crude oil, the main type of fuel oil used for ships.

Sulphur oxides, one of the products of crude oil combustion in Marine engines, is harmful to human health as it causes respiratory problems and lung disease.
SOx in the atmosphere also leads to acid rain, which is extremely harmful to the environment.

Thus, the new IMO regulation with the implementation date of 1st January 2020 will limit the sulphur content in fuel oil of ships.


Currently, the industry has been grappling with the challenges associated with the new Sulphur cap regulation.

According to a report, the Sulphur cap on marine fuel is expected to cost an estimate of about US$60 billion to the industry each year.

Considering the amount of confusion and worry surrounding the topic in the industry, we decided to create a list of useful resource which will help you to understand that regulation better.

IMO 2020 Resource:


Understanding the regulation

We have made an introductory video to help you understand the regulation better.

Watch: What is IMO 2020? 


Infographic: Benefits of IMO 2020 


Vessel Preparation and Implementation Guidelines


IMO 2020 – Sulphur 2020 Regulation 


How to cut Sulphur Dioxides, things to know:


What is sulphur oxides 


10 Methods to reduce SOx/NOx emissions from ships


Using LSFO to comply, things to know:


A guide to marine gas oil and LSFO


Fuel oil change over procedure for main and auxiliary engine


Using Scrubber System to comply. things to know:


Understanding various components of exhaust gas emissions from ships


A Guide to Scrubber system on ships


IMO has also come up with a great FAQ, which can be downloaded here.


If you have any questions regarding the regulation or want to start a discussion, head over to Marine Insight Forums.

Though it is expected that the initial phase of IMO 2020 may create a lot of challenges, the new regulation will be beneficial in the long run.