Teekay Tankers, has given the clearest indication yet of the company’s post-2020 sulphur cap tanker fuelling option. Although Teekay has several LNG-fuel tankers on order, speaking at the IBIA Asia Bunker Symposium in Singapore, Teekay’s regional commercial manager, Ashley Noronha said “We are certainly not going to modify our existing vessels for LNG; scrubbers will not meet the deadline; (the) majority of our vessels are going to be using distillates,” reported Platts.
The shipping industry is still waiting for the new rules on marine fuel oil to be finally clarified. Meanwhile, China is already moving toward adopting the 0.5 % sulphur limits, mainly at major ports along the Yangtze River. In 2016 five ports implemented the regulations and six more key ports are following towards the end of 2017. Last year the Chinese government started phasing-in regulations forcing ships to use fuels with low-sulphur content while at berth and near major Chinese ports as an estimated 18,000 premature deaths in China in 2013 were caused by air pollution from ocean-going ships.
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