A sense of anxiety is gripping the shipping industry as it looks toward the imposition of more stringent sulfur restrictions on marine fuel on January 1, 2020. But why?

Many shipowners have yet to make up their minds on what fuel to use: will they pay more for diesel fuel? Burn hi-sulfur fuel and invest in expensive scrubbers? How about LNG? Ultimately it will be a mix of approaches, but with most players likely to choose diesel in the short run. As a result, many foresee a spike in diesel prices as the IMO’s 2020 deadline nears.