In recent years there appears to have been an increase in the frequency of engine damage caused by refinery catalytic fines in marine fuel oil. It is also possible that some fuels that comply with the 0.5% sulphur cap will have high levels of cat fines and engine damages might increase even more. The UK P&I Club has published technical advice for operators on how to minimize the risk.
Read more here: Safety4Sea
Whilst much has been said about shifting to buying low sulphur bunker oil, investing in emissions-cleaning technology or alternative fuels – there are several options for shippers to deal with the upcoming regulations of sulphur 2020 cap.
But there is an optioned that isn’t really being addressed and should not be underestimated that is cheating and ignoring the rules entirely, according to a report from the Center of Global Energy Policy. Latter is becoming an urgent issue as there are currently no solutions in place enabling authorities to monitor these ships. The report also indicates that larger companies are less likely to choose noncompliance than smaller operators.
Read more here: Ship & Bunker
Find the full report here: Center of Global Energy Policy
Where do you think will be the biggest risk for noncompliance?