IMO agrees global high-sulphur fuel ban
A ban on carrying high-sulphur fuel on board vessels was approved by the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee in April. This means that ships will be barred from carrying fuel with a sulphur content exceeding 0.5 per cent unless they have an exhaust gas cleaning system (scrubber) installed, and is seen an important step in the right direction toward efficient enforcement of both the global fuel sulphur cap that takes effect in 2020 and the EU’s sulphur directive. The proposal must now be formally adopted at the next MEPC meeting in October.
Source: ShippingWatch, 16 April 2018