Ship owners deserve immunity from penalties if circumstances prevent them from complying with the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) new sulfur cap on bunker fuel which comes into force in just over a year’s time, a ship owner has said.

“If you arrive in Australia and you ask for 0.5% fuel and there isn’t any, hat you going to do? Stop the vessel  there and say you will wait until they find the fuel?” managing director of Italian shipping firm Grimaldi Group Emanuele Grimaldi was quoted as saying by trade website automotivelogistics.

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