Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has announced that trials carried out on new bunker fuels to meet the IMO’s 2020 global sulphur cap ran smoothly, with no operational issues encountered.
Fuels with less than 0.5 per cent sulphur content were tested on coastal vessels comprising steel materials and cement carriers that had previously operated with high sulphur fuel. Switching between the two types of fuels was straightforward and without problem.
Japan has said that it is testing the new fuel blends to help prepare owners for the global sulphur cap.
The MILT will continue testing fuels until the end of July with different types of coastal vessels.
The MLIT also confirmed that 0.5 per cent sulphur fuel will be available from Japanese refiners to support the 2020 regulation.