Smooth transition to global ship sulphur regulation
After having been adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2008, tighter limits on the sulphur content of shipping fuel finally came into force on 1 January 2020. From this date the maximum permitted sulphur content was lowered from 3.5 to 0.50 per cent, resulting in an estimated three-quarter drop in the emissions of harmful sulphur dioxide (SO₂), linked to acid rain and a range of pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases.
The transition to the new sulphur regulation has so far happened without major problems, the IMO reported in late January. The next step is a carriage ban on non-compliant fuel oil (except for ships with exhaust gas cleaning systems installed) that enters into force on 1 March 2020, helping to support implementation of the global sulphur limit.
Source: IMO press release, 21 January 2020.