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German shipowners favor low-sulfur fuel oil

Four out of five German shipowners will sail on low-sulfur fuel when the IMO sulfur cap comes into force in 2020, shows a survey. But the shipowners see a challenge in converting as well as availability of the fuel going forward.

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There is a clear favorite solution among the German shipowners when they, after New Year's, must adapt to the new IMO sulfur regulations.

A total of 81 percent expect to use low-sulfur fuel oil with a sulfur content of no more than 0.5 percent, shows a new survey from the German Shipowners' Association, VDR.

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