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The solution to one shipping climate challenge could exacerbate another

The upcoming global sulfur directive is designed to solve a pollution issue, but the regulations look set to significantly exacerbate another problem. "It's not free for the environment," says a bunker consultant. It is the price that has to be paid to reduce sulfur emissions, says supplier Haldor Topsøe.

Shipowners support global ban in war against sulfur cheating

The international shipowners' associations are now recommending a ban against carrying certain fuel types on board vessels as part of efforts to ensure that the global sulfur directive is respected from Jan. 1 2020. The ban will be discussed at an IMO meeting in February.

Deutsche Bank: Sulfur directive could change shipping

A big part of the global commercial fleet is wholly unprepared for the new environmental requirements set to come into force in 2020, and this could be a game changer in the sector, says Deutsche Bank after meetings with the sector.

EU Commission eyes clear advantages in fuel ban

EU politicians in Brussels are hesitant to take the lead when it comes to a ban on fuel with sulfur levels exceeding the upcoming cap. However, the EU Commission does note significant advantages in potentially no longer using this fuel at sea, and expects that a ban is possible.

Maersk backs fuel ban in sulfur debate

Maersk would welcome a ban on fuel which does not meet the low-sulfur content requirements. This is a simple way of ensuring effective enforcement of the rules, says the head of fleet technology at Maersk Line to ShippingWatch.

Norway proposes fuel ban to prevent sulfur cheating

A ban against fuel that does not comply with the sulfur directive could help prevent cheating, say several industry sources. Norway is looking to present an IMO proposal before long – a move that is supported by several other stakeholders.

"Customers should be able to see if carriers cheat"

It is important to ensure that cases relating to sulfur fraud are made public, and that violators are named. "Sulfur violation should be a commercial matter," says Danish Shipping's Deputy Director Maria Bruun Skipper.

Denmark has fined three carriers for sulfur violations

Danish police has issued 17 fines to carriers that have sailed with sulfur content that is too high, and thus illegal, in their fuel. ShippingWatch can name one Dutch, one Faroese, and one Singaporean carrier as Denmark's first three sulfur sinners.

China tightens sulfur regulations in more ports

Chinese authorities have designated more ports as being in special zones where ships are required to use low sulfur fuel, and the country weighs tightening the sulfur emission limits even further starting in 2018, reports Seatrade Global.

Startup looking to catch sulfur sinners from the air

Startup firm Explicit will be catching sulfur sinners in Danish waters over the next six months. This marks a launch toward a much bigger market with the global sulfur requirements, CEO Jon Knudsen tells ShippingWatch.

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