EU politicians in Brussels are hesitant to take the lead when it comes to a ban on non-compliant heavy sulphur fuel oil. However, the EU Commission does note significant advantages in potentially no longer using this fuel at sea, and expects that a ban is possible.
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Article from Seanews.co.uk
There are only two years and two month left until IMO’s global sulphur cap comes into force. Much has been discussed over the last months but still there are some open questions. Here is a good article to read in order to get an understanding of the current issues.
There are several options for shippers to deal with the upcoming regulations of sulphur 2020 cap; shifting to buying low sulphur bunker oil, investing in emissions-cleaning technology or alternative fuels.
One option that should not be underestimated is cheating and ignoring the rules entirely. Latter is becoming an urgent issue as there are currently no solutions in place enabling authorities to monitor these ships.
But Norway is now looking for a solution to this issue by presenting an IMO proposal introducing a ban against fuel that does not comply with the directive. By this ban vessels that fail to comply with the environmental regulations could be sanctioned and cheating could be prevented.
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