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.

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International shipping has only just agreed to implement global sulfur requirements in 2020, and a big "but" is already resounding throughout the industry.

This concerns the actual enforcement of the requirements, which from 2020 mean that vessel emissions are permitted a maximum sulfur content of 0.5 percent. The enforcement of the sulfur requirements has always been a sensitive issue in the sulfur debate, and now it must be resolved within the next three years.

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