Compromising safety or unfairly penalising individual ships can’t be the solution to enforce compliance with the IMO 2020 global sulphur cap. But not every solution fits with every ship or bunker. Five shipping associations have now called on the International Maritime Organization to adopt a pragmatic approach.

The solutions for ships to meet the global sulphur limit 2020 are not the same as in 2015, where ships entering Emission Control Areas primarily changed to ISO 8217 distillate fuel oils to meet the 0.1% sulphur limit. A number of ships from January 1, 2020 will use blended fuel oils and new products which fall outside the ISO 8217 standard, said BIMCO, International Chamber of Shipping, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and World Shipping Council in a statement Monday.

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