Sulphur 2020: A fundamental change for the global shipping industry

January 2020 has been set as the implementation date for a significant global reduction in the Sulphur content of the fuel oil used by ships. It is arguably the most impactful environmental regulation to date in Ocean Transportation and has far-reaching technical, operational and commercial consequences.

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What will change

Under the new global limit, ships will have to use fuel oil on board with a sulphur content of no more than 0.50%. That compares with the current limit of 3.50%, which has been in effect since 1 January 2012. The interpretation of “fuel oil used on board” includes fuel used in main and auxiliary engines and boilers.

Ships may also meet the SOx emission requirements by using approved equivalent methods, such as exhaust gas cleaning systems or ‘scrubbers’, which clean the exhaust before it is released into the atmosphere.

Our position

Wallenius Wilhelmsen welcomes the global sulphur cap as an important step in reducing the impact of global supply chains on people’s health and the environment.

Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s 4 Stream initiative for finding the most all-round effective compliance solutions has provided the insights and readiness to be able to credibly claim to provide customers with competitive, compliant and dependable ocean services in the post January 1st 2020 world.

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