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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.

Growing number of sulfur violators in Denmark

More vessels have been caught with too much sulfur in their fuel this year than in 2015 when the sulfur requirements in Danish waters took effect, according to the relevant records. This number is still relatively low, says Denmark's Environmental Protection Agency.

New 2020 sulfur regulations cause concern about global enforcement

The decision to implement sulfur requirements in 2020 is being celebrated in the shipping industry, especially by suppliers, while carriers and other organizations tell ShippingWatch that significant uncertainties remain regarding the enforcement of sulfur regulations.

Russia proposes 2023 as compromise for global sulfur directive

Russia is now officially proposing 2023 as the year in which the global sulfur regulations should come into force, Deputy Minister of Transport Victor Olersky tells ShippingWatch on the same day on which the discussions of the proposed rules enter a critical stage at the IMO meeting in London.

Bulc calls IMO to decide on sulfur and CO2

EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc wants the IMO to take action at a key meeting of its environmental protection committee this week, so that solutions are reached concerning global sulfur requirements and CO2 emissions. This is according to several media reports.

One country holds the power over sulfur decision

One single country holds the power this week at the IMO meeting to decide whether sulfur requirements should be implemented in 2020 or 2025, several sources tell ShippingWatch. Time will tell whether or not the country chooses to exert this power.

IMO close to sulfur decision awaited by the entire industry

Suppliers, shipowners, and oil companies are anxiously awaiting a decision from the IMO this week regarding sulfur emissions which will have billion-dollar consequences for parties involved. This Monday, two controversial reports will be discussed in London, and these reports will play a big part.

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