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January 8, 2019
Sulphur Cap 2020: Global Impact & Market Trends
SEA NEWS: Jan 4th 2019 | Global Impact & Market Trends | READ ONLINE
The global 0.50% sulphur cap will enter into force in 2020, and more than 70,000 ships will be affected by the regulation. Stricter limits on sulphur (SOx) emissions are already in place in Emission Control Areas (ECAs) in Europe and the Americas, and new control areas are being established in ports and coastal areas in China. As a result, ship owners are weighing their options to ensure compliance.
What will the new global limit mean for ships?
Under the new global cap, ships will have to use fuel oil on board with a sulphur content of no more than 0.50% m/m, against the current limit of 3.50%, which has been in effect since 1 January 2012.
The interpretation of “fuel oil used on board” includes use in main and auxiliary engines and boilers.
Exemptions are provided for situations involving the safety of the ship or saving life at sea, or if a ship or its equipment is damaged.