ABS Releases Maritime Fuel Advisory


The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has issued a new advisory on marine oil to help the industry prepare for the IMO’s 2020 global sulphur cap.

The advisory provides operators with guidance on the considerations and challenges with marine fuels that come with meeting the recent global sulphur cap requirements, from fuel properties to operational risks to potential preparations.

ABS Executive Vice President and Senior Maritime Advisor, Dr. Kirsi Tikka, commented: “The IMO 2020 sulphur cap requirement will introduce a significant demand change from heavy fuel to low sulphur fuel almost overnight.

“The industry currently is debating how to prepare as the consequences of this shift are difficult to predict.

“The ABS Advisory addresses concerns about the safety impacts and quality of the new blended and hybrid fuels that are currently not covered by the ISO fuel standard, and provides guidance on fuel selection, modification considerations and operational challenges.”

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In a recent informal poll conducted by ABS, 53% of participating shipowners and operators said their fleets were not ready to meet the upcoming emissions requirements.

The new ABS Advisory includes background on air emission regulations and evaluates several relevant fuel types and the associated impacts and operational challenges for each.

The full advisory can be downloaded on ABS’ website.

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