New fuels contain a surprising amount of impurities and water

The new 0.5-percent fuels have more sediments and contains more water than expected. The problems could continue for another six months, several testing companies tell ShippingWatch.

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The new 0.5 percent sulfur fuels have brought several surprises.

Now more than a month has passed since the global sulfur cap came into force, and a majority of the global fleet has had to switch to the new low-sulfur fuel oils, VLSFO, which are unfamiliar to the industry. And a picture is emerging, though it is still early times.

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