IMO brings forward global sulphur cap for ship fuel

A 0.5% cap on sulphur in shipping fuels will take effect from 2020, but opponents say the industry will not be ready in time A 0.5% cap on sulphur in shipping fuels will take effect from 2020, but opponents say the industry will not be ready in time.
By Annemarie Botzki 28 October 2016 0 22577
The decision was made at the 70th session of IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee. (IMO/Flickr)

The UN’s shipping regulator will implement a revised sulphur cap for maritime fuels in 2020, five years earlier than previously considered. The decision, announced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Thursday, is a major boost for the gas industry as it could spur the use of LNG as a shipping fuel.

The new 0.5% cap will be introduced from 1 January 2020 rather than 1 January 2025, global representatives agreed at an IMO meeting in London on Thursday. The cap would still allow...

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