Major stakeholders working to push back global sulfur carrying ban

A month before a critical IMO meeting concerning the 2020 sulfur regulations, strong industry stakeholders have called for a preliminary "test phase," a move that generates doubts about the adoption of the ban against carrying sulfur fuel on board ships, say critics. (This article has been corrected and updated on Sept. 19 at 11:05 am CET)

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This article has been corrected on Sept. 19 11:05 am CET. The previous version may have inadvertently given that the push-back concerned the actual global sulfur cap. The discussion revolves solely around the date for a proposed ban on carrying fuel with a 3.5 percent sulfur content unless ships have scrubbers installed, a regulation that is preliminarily scheduled to come into force in March 2020.

Several of the world's major flag states and shipping associations are currently working on pushing back the final deadline for when ships will no longer be allowed to sail with high sulfur fuel on board without scrubbers installed.

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