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SIBCON talking points – your cheat sheet

Low-sulphur fuel oils and blends will dominate the market beginning in 2020. Close to 90%* of the global fl eet is expected use compliant fuels rather than HFO with scrubbers or LNG.


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Sulphur cap demands 2020 vision 


The 0.5% sulphur cap to be introduced in 2020 permeates, and usually dominates, every discussion on the challenges that face the industry. It would be naive not to expect late complications ahead of its implementation – one has emerged in the guise of a proposal by leading flag states and shipping associations to bring in an “experience building phase” in 2020.

Procedurally, the cap cannot offi cially be pushed back, so technically speaking this is not a move for a postponement. Any attempt to sanction leniency in the early days of enforcement would amount to a grace period, according to those owners who have invested heavily to meet the deadline.

The proposal is purposely vague and open to interpretation, but two points stand out:

1. Vessels should not be unduly penalised during the
proposed experience building phase
2. The exercise could result in further proposals to modify
the regulation

Reaction has centred around the former rather than the latter point, which tells you everything you need to know about the industry and the goal of the paper itself; enforcement and the so-called level playing fi eld are the absolute priorities.

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Major flags and industry associations argue
that shipowners cannot bear responsibility
for the availability of compliant fuel post
2020 and time will be needed to ensure the
system works.



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Lloyd’s List editor Richard Meade is joined
by: Lars Robert Pedersen, deputy secretary general of BIMCO

They examine problems with the looming sulphur regulations and discuss why the controversial move by industry associations and major flags to avert enforcement issues does not amount to a delay.


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