Tag: IMO 2020

VLSFO associated with higher black carbon emissions than HFO
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VLSFO associated with higher black carbon emissions than HFO

Three weeks after the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) global regulation on sulphur content in fuel oil entered into force, new figures indicate that very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) compliant with the new regulation, is just as detrimental to the environment as conventional heavy fuel oil (HFO). Figures submitted by Finland and Germany to the...

China catches two ships violating IMO 2020
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China catches two ships violating IMO 2020

The Standard Club has confirmed that it has received reports of ships violating the IMO’s 2020 global sulphur cap. Since January 1, 2020, there have been two separate ships in Chinese waters that have been found to be using non-compliant fuel. The first ship was under a port state control inspection in Qingdao China when...

Suez Canal Authority clears up confusion on open-loop scrubbers
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Suez Canal Authority clears up confusion on open-loop scrubbers

Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has announced that it will allow ships to burn heavy fuel oil (HFO) when transitioning the waterway and will not be required to use scrubbers when doing so. This goes against the IMO’s January 1, 2020 regulation that prohibits vessels from burning fuel with more than 0.5 per cent sulphur content....

iContainers foresees recurring challenges for shipping in 2020
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iContainers foresees recurring challenges for shipping in 2020

Online freight forwarder iContainers says 2019 was a year of uncertainty for the shipping industry, and that while certain sectors have seen improvements, the industry should remain alert for the challenges 2020 will bring. Even though the shipping industry will have new challenges to face in 2020, most of it will have a familiar feel....

Safe Bulkers signs scrubber service agreement with Alfa Laval
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Safe Bulkers signs scrubber service agreement with Alfa Laval

Greek dry bulk operator Safe Bulkers has signed a long-term agreement with Alfa Laval to service its 20 PureSox scrubber systems that were purchased from Alfa Laval in 2018. Safe Bulkers ordered PureSOx retrofits for 12 Post-Panamax vessels, 6 Kamsarmax vessels and 2 Capesize vessels, with deliveries running until March 2020. Almost 15 of those...

Lubrizol whitepaper identifies VLSFO engine condition challenges
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Lubrizol whitepaper identifies VLSFO engine condition challenges

Legacy cylinder oils may not protect ship engines from the variable fuel characteristics of very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO), global additive supplier The Lubrizol Corp has advised. In a new whitepaper, Lubrizol outlines the research that underpins its advice that shipowners should use lubricants specifically formulated for these challenges. Marine bench and engine tests...

Scrubber-fitted vessels the early winners in IMO 2020 transition
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Scrubber-fitted vessels the early winners in IMO 2020 transition

A volatile first half could see big moves in hi-lo price differential but the trend of falling HSFO prices gives the advantage to users of scrubber systems, says Maritime Strategies International. Maritime Strategies International (MSI) has added new functionality to its MSI Horizon data platform to enable users to calculate the earnings premium for scrubber-fitted...

Lack of sulphur surcharge transparency raises market concerns, says Xeneta CEO
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Lack of sulphur surcharge transparency raises market concerns, says Xeneta CEO

CEO of ocean & air freight rate benchmarking and market analytics platform Xeneta has voiced his concern around the lack of transparency on surcharging for the compliant and more expensive fuels needed to meet the IMO 2020 regulation. Patrik Berglund, CEO, Xeneta, says that this lack of transparency is, “fuelling growing criticism and unease within...

The ins and outs of scrubbers with Yara Marine
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The ins and outs of scrubbers with Yara Marine

Answers by M.Sc. Chem. Eng. Anders M. Sørheim How important is material quality when selecting a scrubber system? If the intention of a scrubber installation is to operate the scrubber for the lifetime of the vessel, assuming a minimum of 10 years, then the material quality is imperative. A study performed by the American stainless-steel...

5 benefits of IMO 2020
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5 benefits of IMO 2020

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has published an infographic that outlines some of the major benefits of the global sulphur cap that is due to enter into force on January 1, 2020. From 1 January 2020 the global upper limit on the sulphur content of ships’ fuel oil will be reduced to 0.5 per cent...

CSA 2020 shipowners tell of scrubber experiences
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CSA 2020 shipowners tell of scrubber experiences

Members of the Clean Shipping Alliance (CSA) 2020 are advising those shipowners looking to install marine exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS), also known as scrubbers, as way of meeting the 2020 global sulphur cap requirements to ensure that manufacturers, shipyards and installers are using quality, high-end materials. Based on the collective experience gained from more...

Six ways to spend less and add value in 2020
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Six ways to spend less and add value in 2020

It will be a rare fleet manager or marine superintendent who isn’t looking for ways to make year-on-year cost savings as we edge closer to 2020. The rising cost of compliance – in particular the IMO2020 fuel switch – together with short term trade disruptions and the need for increased investment in monitoring and managing...