Critical ban in the fight against sulfur now in effect

A ban on carrying fuel not compliant with the sulfur regulation is now a reality. The ban was a deciding battleground a few years back. Now the fight has moved elsewhere.

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A few years ago, March 1, 2020, was considered a landmark date in the shipping industry, marking a ban that was battled over fiercely at the UN's International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, and which is now a reality.

Yesterday, March 1, a ban on carrying fuel not compliant with the sulfur regulation came into force. This means that now ships may not have high-sulfur fuel in their tanks if they are not equipped with scrubbers.

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