Low-Sulfur Fuel Rule
Starting Jan. 1, 2020, all ships must burn fuel with a content of 0.5 percent sulfur to comply with an International Maritime Organization amendment to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) known as Regulation 14.
As a result, a host of challenges face international container shipping by sea. These include concerns over higher costs, international compliance, and the availability of low-sulfur fuel at key international bunkering hubs such as Rotterdam and Singapore.
Carriers have three paths to compliance, including the use of low-sulfur fuel, installing scrubbers and burning regular bunker fuel, or transitioning to liquefied natural gas to power vessels.
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