We have all been expecting for a while to see how the steamship lines will implement the new worldwide mandate of reducing pollution by the use of cleaner fuel. Here’s one of the most comprehensive explanations that can help you understand the plan, with a helpful video:
IMO 2020: Implementation of LSS and change of BAF reference fuel
From 1 January 2020, the new IMO (International Maritime Organization) 2020 Low Sulphur Regulation will be in effect – all sea-going vessels worldwide will have to comply and reduce their sulphur emissions by 85%.
To comply with the Regulation, sulphur in fuel oil must be reduced from 3.50% to 0.50%, in addition to the 0.10% sulphur limit already effective in the Emission Control Areas (ECA). This aims to reduce the amount of sulphur oxide emissions and should have major health and environmental benefits globally, including improving air quality and reducing risks of acidification of the oceans.
APL, as part of the CMA CGM Group, will be compliant with a mix of 3 solutions: using liquid natural gas-powered vessels, using advanced air quality systems onboard our vessels, and as the main solution, using compliant fuels with 0.50% or 0.10% sulphur.
The new IMO 2020 Low Sulphur Regulation impacts the global shipping industry and shipping costs are set to increase worldwide.
For more information, click to view APL’s IMO 2020 video.