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visualabVarious stake holders in the bunker industry have reacted in their own unique way to the MEPC of IMO decision that the 0.5% global sulfur cap will come into force from 1.1.2020.

Scrubber manufacturers are happy. Ship operators that have been hesitating to make a decision may now opt for fitting a scrubber. The estimate is 30,000 scrubbers will be needed.

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visualabVarious stake holders in the bunker industry have reacted in their own unique way to the MEPC of IMO decision that the 0.5% global sulfur cap will come into force from 1.1.2020.

Scrubber manufacturers are happy. Ship operators that have been hesitating to make a decision may now opt for fitting a scrubber. The estimate is 30,000 scrubbers will be needed.

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MPA Singapore placardThe Gard P&I Club has posted on its website the following article regarding bunkering operations in Singapore.

Singapore is one of the top bunkering ports in the world – 42.4 million metric tonnes of bunkers are reported to have been sold in 2014. Although the bunker industry is highly regulated, Gard P&I Club's Insight highlights some of the most common issues and concerns arising out of bunker sales in Singapore.

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visualabWe give below a summary of the latest information from California Air Resources Board (ARB).
This is also based on our discussions today with Mr.Paul Milkey of ARB.

1. ARB requires that Ocean Going Vessel’s (OGV) to switch to distillates, either MDO or MGO with less than 0.10% sulfur when the vessels are within 24 nautical miles of California Coastline. This is as per their OGV regulations which have been in place since 2009.

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visualabWe continue to receive frequent queries from fuel users seeking advice on which quality standard to opt for – ISO 8217:2005 or ISO 8217:2010/2012. We give our opinion below for your careful consideration.
Based on facts and figures, ISO 8217:2010/2012 has not enjoyed any penetration in the market and there is growing realization that ISO 8217:2010/12 is of no real advantage. This is confirmed by actual numbers. We have nearly 600 customers and only 6 customers have asked for testing as per ISO 8217:2010/2012.

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funnel-1From feedback recently received from one of our surveyors, we give an example of a change-over from high sulphur to low sulphur fuel operation that did not work as intended.

More stringent requirements for low sulphur fuel (LSF) operation came into force on 1 January 2010 (EU ports) and the requirements concerning operation in European and Californian waters will stepwise become stricter.

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viswalabYou have received two technical updates in the recent past, one about fuels containing several contaminants causing machinery damage to three vessels (2011/2/3 ) and the second technical update(2011/2/4) about a fuel supplied in Sevilla, Spain containing unacceptable high levels of contaminants. The question on your minds is likely to be "What protection do I have against supply of problem fuels?”

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