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New Swedish study: Open-loop scrubbers produce significant pollution

A new study by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute has tested wash water from open-loop scrubbers. The tests show that untreated wash water from open-loop scrubbers contains significant levels of pollution and is harmful to the marine environment. Researchers behind the study express concerns about the long-term consequences.

Vitol building refinery for low-sulfur oil

Commodity trader Vitol is building a small-scale refinery in Malaysia, which will become part of the company's setup to supply low-sulfur fuel oil when the new sulfur regulations come into force.

Iceland looking to tighten sulfur limit

According to an Icelandic news outlet, the country's ministry for the environment wants to ban heavy fuel oil by introducing a sulfur cap of 0.1 percent in the country's own waters.

ExxonMobil and Total wants to grow as direct bunker supplier

Major oil companies are prepared to grab an even bigger share of the bunker market as direct suppliers to shipping companies after the new sulfur regulations enter force. ExxonMobil and Total tell ShippingWatch about their expectations following Jan. 1, 2020.

Kitack Lim launches summit with call for action

It is imperative that the IMO shows the organization is capable of finding ways of reducing shipping's emission of CO2 in the short term, says the secretary general in his opening speech at MEPC, calling for the industry to double its efforts in order to prepare for 2020.

Alfa Laval's customers favor open-loop scrubbers

The open-loop scrubbers, which are being criticized for emitting sulfur and particles into the water, are the most popular ones among shipowners, the head of Alfa Laval's marine division tells ShippingWatch.

Global sulfur regulations will have a huge impact on public health

When the global sulfur regulations are introduced in January 2020, it will have a large positive effect on public health, especially in Asia, say several of the researchers who recently presented the first results of the new sulfur caps in the Baltic and North Seas.

Peninsula bolsters itself ahead of 2020

The upcoming sulfur regulations have made British Peninsula Petroleum increase its credit facilities. According to the company, the extra capital will be used to realize growth plans in line with the 2020 requirements.

Hapag-Lloyd vil forbedre servicen på 12 punkter

Det tyske containerrederi Hapag-Lloyd har sat sig for at blive "nummer et på kvalitet". 12 elementer er identificeret som "kritiske komponenter" i servicen, siger CEO Rolf Habben-Jansen i et interview med ShippingWatch.

South Africa approves all scrubber types

Closed-loop, open-loop and hybrid scrubbers will all be permitted in South Africa, the country's maritime safety authority, SAMSA, has decided, shows an IMO 2020 document sent to stakeholders including shipowners

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