Owners and charterers will need to cooperate on bunkering and debunkering operations ahead of IMO2020 and this is likely to be a pressure point for disputes, lawyers at Wikborg Rein have noted. Looking at BIMCO’s new IMO2020 Fuel Transition Clause, Senior Lawyer Andreas Fjaervoll-Larsen and associate Mads Odeskaug note a particular issue is that owners and charterers have different responsibilities to complete what is essentially the single task of switching to 0.5% sulphur IMO compliant fuel.

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