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Ship operators urged to develop a strategy to handle 2020 fuel uncertainties
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Ship operators urged to develop a strategy to handle 2020 fuel uncertainties

The availability of 0.5 per cent low sulphur fuel has been a concern for many shipping companies. In the last few months, the concern has shifted from whether there will be enough compliant fuel available to whether there will be stable and compatible fuel to bunker. VPO Global spoke with Christos Chryssakis, Senior Researcher, DNV...

IMO makes progress on methanol as a marine fuel
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IMO makes progress on methanol as a marine fuel

The Methanol Institute has welcomed completed draft guidelines by the IMO’s sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC5) that cover the safety of ships using methyl/ethyl alcohol as fuel. CCC5 invited the Maritime Safety Committee in December to endorse the referral of safety topics which require further input to other technical sub-committees for their...

IMO to consider legal framework for low-flashpoint diesel fuels
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IMO to consider legal framework for low-flashpoint diesel fuels

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has welcomed signs from the IMO that work may soon begin on developing a new chapter in the International Code of Safety for Ships Using Gases Or Low Flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code) specifically for oil-based fuels with a flashpoint below 60 degrees. The IBIA says this would simplify the...

Maersk introduces new fuel adjustment surcharge
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Maersk introduces new fuel adjustment surcharge

Maersk is to alter its fuel adjustment surcharge ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap to help its customers recover the increases in fuel related costs. The availability and cost of complaint fuel in 2020 is still uncertain. According to industry estimates, more than 90 per cent of the global vessel fleet will be relying on...

FUELSAVE submits application to join DNV GL’s CO2 Challenge
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FUELSAVE submits application to join DNV GL’s CO2 Challenge

German company FUELSAVE has applied to become a partner of the CO2 Challenge, an initiative set up by Cargill, Rainmaking, and DNV GL to reduce vessels’ CO2 emissions. FUELSAVE manufacturers fuel saving additive FS Marine+, which was launched at the beginning of the year and is designed to cut fuel consumption and reduce emissions from...

ICS publishes guidance on 2020 compliance
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ICS publishes guidance on 2020 compliance

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has produced a free-to-read comprehensive guide to help shipowners and operators comply with the IMO’s 2020 0.5 per cent cap on sulphur in fuel oil. The guide provides information for owners and operators choosing compliant fuel, with less than 0.5 per cent sulphur content, to meet the 2020 regulation....

ONE opts for low-sulphur fuel for 2020 compliance
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ONE opts for low-sulphur fuel for 2020 compliance

Japanese container shipping company Ocean Network Express (ONE) will use low-sulphur compliant hybrid oil to meet the global 2020 sulphur cap as it sees it as the most realistic and cost-efficient solution. The company says it has launched a cross-functional task force to evaluate the different options for 2020 compliance and has established ONE’s stance...

RMI Registry offers 30 per cent services discount to Green Award ships
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RMI Registry offers 30 per cent services discount to Green Award ships

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Registry has joined the Green Award Foundation and will offer ships certified by the Green Award a 30 per cent discount on annual marine services fees. The Green Award is a voluntary international certification scheme for ships that go beyond the industry’s regulations in terms of safety, quality,...

GAC offers 10% discount to Green Award certified ships
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GAC offers 10% discount to Green Award certified ships

GAC is the first ship agency in the UK to join the Green Award Foundation and will offer a 10 per cent discount on agency fees to ships certified by the Green Award. Ships that are certified by the Green Award prove they are safer and more environmentally efficient than required by regulation. Green Award...

The importance of weather routing in fuel-efficient shipping
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The importance of weather routing in fuel-efficient shipping

Weather, including currents, waves, wind, and swell has been found to affect the performance of a vessel by between 50 and 80 per cent and cost thousands in additional fuel consumption. Routing a vessel based on current and predicted weather conditions is about improving the fuel efficiency, keeping to the sailing schedule, and remaining safe....

2020 fuel uncertainty causing lubricant choice confusion
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2020 fuel uncertainty causing lubricant choice confusion

Shipowners and operators are becoming increasingly concerned about matching their choice of fuel in 2020 with the right lubricant, confirmed Luis Garcia, Shell’s technology manager – marine & power engine lubricants, to journalists during a press tour of the Shell Marine & Power Innovation Centre in Hamburg last week. He believes shipowners want more clarity...