Hapag-Lloyd will approach 2020 from three fronts

The German liner shipping giant will approach the upcoming global sulfur regulations from three sides. One choice is by far the most long-term.

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Hapag-Lloyd has chosen three different ways of approaching the global sulfur regulations, which are set to come into force on Jan. 1, 2020.

The sulfur directive is one of the biggest surprises in the container industry in many years, says Anthony Firmin, COO at Hapag-Lloyd. Both because the new regulations are very costly – Hapag-Lloyd estimate extra annual costs of EUR 1 billion (USD 1.1 billion) for the sulfur regulations – and because many expected the directive to be postponed.

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