Sulphur rules could damage health, EGCSA conference hears

The fuel prescription approach to regulation has resulted in more toxic emissions for certain populations, for example in ports and regions bordering busy shipping lanes, according to human issue studies conducted by Professor Zimmermann of the University of Rostock and Helmholtz Zentrum München. Zimmermann shared his findings as one of the presenters at the first Asian Emissions Technology Conference organised by the Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association (EGCSA).

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Survey: Shipping industry divided on top 2020 SOx solutions

The shipping industry is still considering several options for meeting the regulations of IMO’s global sulphur cap in 2020, according to a recent survey by The Strategy Works. Around 81% of senior technical managers from shipping companies and nearly 60% of lubricant makers and OEMs favour ultra-low sulphur fuel oil to comply with the sulphur limit. Scrubber technologies are the favourite choice of lubricant companies and OEMs with a 67% approval rate whereas only 41% of shipping company employees votes for scrubbers. Distillates fuels and LNG rank in third and fourth positions. Furthermore, the survey revealed fuel oil availability and price as the top concerns among the representatives of shipping companies.

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Operators not prioritising sulphur cap, claims survey

A Gulf Oil Marine survey has found that ship operators are delaying ship operator preparations for the global sulphur cap in favour of more immediate commercial priorities. Not a single operator had begun preparations for 2020, according to the spot survey. Gulf Oil Marine’s technology and innovation director Don Gregory said that the survey reported 100% compliance was at the top of all Gulf Oil Marine customers’ commitments. But the vast majority of discussions indicate a “wait and see” approach to compliance.

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Weekly summary CW41

The global sulphur cap for 2020 is coming closer. Therefore, not surprisingly, shipping news sites have been and will be focussing more and more on the impact of the directive on the marine industry. Only this week there have been more than 25 stories concerning the sulphur cap. The stories covered a range of topics including further consolidation in the bunker industry, the technology of scrubbers, uncertainty in the industry and noncompliance were discussed.

Consolidation. As tightening emissions regulations impose greater costs and test credit lines, the bunker industry can expect to undergo further consolidation in preliminary stage to 2020, according to global supplier Bomin Group. Smaller bunker traders could, as a consequence, be devoured by larger players across the industry as the increase in costs for fuel will put pressure on credit conditions across both the bunker and shipping industries.

Scrubbers. Another frequent topic this week was scrubbers. Although using scrubbers would be one solution for meeting the requirements of lower sulphur emission standards, at this point in time, only around 500 ships have installed scrubbers. Also featuring this was a story this week on a survey by ExxonMobil which revealed that many vessel operators are insecure in selecting the best route to comply with the 2020 0.5% global fuel sulphur limit set by the IMO. Results showed that 68% of the respondents believed the marine sector is not ready for the deadline. The future for the marine industry might be multi-fuel and it will be vital for operators and fuel suppliers to work closely, according to Iain White, Global Marine Marketing Manager at ExxonMobil.

Cheating. As there are still a huge number of ship operators that have not made up their mind about how best to comply with the upcoming low sulphur regulations, the possibility of cheating and ignoring the rules completely should be not underestimated. Especially in times where currently there are no solutions in place to enable authorities to find cheating ships, the issue is becoming urgent. But Norway might be meeting these concerns by presenting an IMO proposal introducing a ban against fuel that does not comply with the directive.

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Survey shows: No clear route to 2020 sulphur cap compliance

A survey by ExxonMobil has found that many vessel operators are insecure in selecting the best route to comply with the 2020 0.5% global fuel sulphur limit set by the IMO. Results showed that 68% of the respondents believed the marine sector is not ready for the deadline.

The 2020 global 0.5% sulphur cap is drawing ever closer, yet the route to compliance remains unclear.

Recent findings from an ExxonMobil survey* revealed that 68% of respondents do not believe the marine industry is ready for the global sulphur cap.

Fuel mix make-up
When asked what the impact will be on the fuel mix, the outlook was uncertain. The industry expected the fuel mix to become more complex. 30% believe there will be a mix of Heavy Fuel Oils (HFO) and Marine Gas Oils (MGO) in use while 46% of respondents expect to see new low sulphur fuels developed. This will potentially lead to increased problems with fuel stability and compatibility. Operators should follow good practices in on-board fuel management to avoid costly maintenance.

The road to 2020
What’s clear in all this uncertainty is that operators need to consider the options available and work closely with trusted fuel and lubricant suppliers to make sure that come 2020 they can navigate the changes.

*This data was gathered by ExxonMobil’s latest industry pulse survey conducted in 2017. The survey provided a small sampling to gather general industry sentiment on the decision.

What is your opinion? Do you believe the marine sector is ready for the 2020 sulphur cap?