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
By Annemarie Botzki 28 October 2016
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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