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Schiebel Camcopter S-100 Impresses at Sulphur Sniffer Test

Schiebel, together with partner Nordic Unmanned, successfully completed a two-day test of its sniffer capability on board the CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS in the shipping lane outside Gniben, Denmark.

Ships operating in Europe’s busiest sea routes are permitted to emit exhaust fumes with a sulphur oxide content limited to no more than 0.1 percent. Full text here

Podcasts: S&P Global Platts refined oil products experts Atsuko Kawasaki, Amy Tan, and Rajesh Nair examine the rapidly changing fortunes of the Asian Marine Fuel 0.5% market, which has seen a fundamental shift since International Maritime Organization’s mandate to limit sulfur in marine fuels to a maximum of 0.5% kicked off from the start of the year.



Lloyd’s List – US imports of Russian oil exceed Saudi shipments

US refineries are taking advantage of the IMO 2020 global fuel oil regulations to secure heavily discounted high-sulphur fuel oil and then use it to produce middle distillates and gasoline at higher margins more


As OPEC and non-OPEC producers meet in Vienna today to give their verdict on a proposed further 1.5 million barrels per day cut in oil production aimed at halting the relentless slide in crude oil prices, there has been some volatility this week in marine gasoil and very low sulphur fuel oil prices in the key global bunker ports but trends in differentials between these grades are beginning to appear. More

Tanker Operator – Shipowners and operators could face detention of ships from 1st March under IMO rule

Port state control authorities will begin to enforce the IMO’s Sulphur 2020 from 1st March, making it an offense for ships to carry fuel that contains a sulphur content higher than 0.5 percent unless the ship has an Exhaust Gas Cleaning System.

The International Chamber of Shipping reminds shipowners and operators of the impending ban and reiterates the fact that any ships found to be non-compliant face the prospect of detention. More

Bunkerworld – Gazprom Neft boosts IMO 2020-compliant marine fuel sales by 47% in 2019

Russian oil major Gazprom Neft sold around 350,000 mt of IMO 2020-compliant marine fuel in 2019, about 47% higher than 2018’s level, the company said in a press release. subscription

Ship Insights – IMO 2020: lubricants take centre stage in a sulphur-constrained era

The entry into force of the Global Sulphur Cap on January 1st catalysed a monumental shift in the types of fuel bunkered by the international shipping fleet. Since the start of this year, an industry that was once heavily reliant on one type of fuel and one type of cylinder oil lubricant, had to adjust to burning new types of fuel with squeezed sulphur content and selecting the right lubricant became more vital than ever before.

Although a small percentage of ships have continued to bunker heavy fuel oil (HSFO), by using a scrubber, in the first few months of this year the vast majority of ships bunkered low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) blends and distillates such as marine gas oil (MGO). More


Non-compliance with the new IMO limits will result in heavy penalties and the blocking of the offending ship in port.

The XRF Analyser (manufactured by Parker / Kittiwake) has the ability to check the sulphur content of fuel oil on board in just 130 seconds. It helps shipping companies and ship operators to ensure compliance with the latest IMO regulations (regulation 14, annex VI of the MARPOL Convention). More

Shipping and Freight Resources – IMO Carriage Ban comes into effect and 5 beneficial changes of IMO2020

The much reported MARPOL Annex VI regulation (a.k.a IMO2020) which was implemented to lower the current global limit for sulphur content of marine fuels from 3.50% to 0.50% came into effect on 1st January 2020..

As of 1st March 2020, the complementary International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution form ships (MARPOL) amendment (Carriage Ban) came into effect..

The IMO Carriage Ban prohibits the carriage of non-compliant fuel oil for combustion purposes for propulsion or operation on board a ship – unless the ship has an approved exhaust gas cleaning system (“scrubber”) fitted. More

Lloyd’s List – Are VLSFOs really that bad for the climate?

Supporters of very low sulphur fuel oil blends were rocked recently by a study suggesting these fuel types posed a significant environmental risk. Non-governmental organisations then lined up to call for a ban on them. BIMCO, however, thinks the study relied on parameters that were too narrow. It thinks more tests need to be done more

Bunkerworld – Asia bunker markets mostly unfazed by IMO carriage ban, concerns linger

A trader in Hong Kong said “there were more debunkering requests in January, [but] this month [it’s] getting less.” More subscription required

The Loadstar – Battle to ban scrubbers heats up, despite claims of even lower-sulphur results

Scrubbers are removing more sulphur from exhaust gas emissions than actually required by the IMO 2020 sulphur cap regulations, according to the Clean Shipping Alliance (CSA) ship operator members.

Moreover, the CSA members said, “despite initial installation problems” there had been “little in the way of mechanical breakdown, corrosion or non-compliant operation”.

Addressing delegates during the recent CSA 2020 event in London, multipurpose vessel operator Spliethoff’s technical director, Arne Hubregtse, said: “We have not had any major problems.” full story here