The regulations surrounding the IMO 2020 sulphur cap are here to stay..
Several shipping lines like Maersk, MSC, CMA-CGM, ONE, OOCL and APL had announced in late 2018 that these costs for compliance will have to be passed on to customers/trade through the implementation of new or adjustment to existing fuel surcharges, which may vary based on the trade lanes..
These new bunker surcharges are set to kick in as of this week..
Well, another year has gone.. 2018 has been consigned to the annals of history..
2019 is here, all shiny, sparkling and new ready to carry the world of global trade, its cargo, its ships, its burdens, its struggles and bear the fruits or consequences of the developments and actions that took place in the industry in 2018..
As with every year, in 2018 as well, our world and our industry went through a lot of changes both good and bad..
From the entry of ONE into the container shipping market to all major lines preparing for the IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap, it has been an eventful year for the shipping and freight industry..
Here is my review of 2018 and the year that it was, for the shipping and freight industry..
In April 2018, more than 100 Member States met at the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London and adopted an initial strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 levels..
It was reported previously, that as from 1st of January 2020 the new global limit on the sulphur content will be 0.50% m/m..
More and more shipowners seem to be going the route of using vegetable oil as fuel..
Currently the bunker fuels used in all modern commercial ships have a high content of sulphur which is quite harmful to the environment..
The current global limit for sulphur content of ships fuel oil is 3.50% m/m (mass by mass)..
The IMO has been working to reduce harmful impacts of shipping on the environment since the 1960’s and as from 1st of Jan 2020, has implemented regulations that sets the new global limit on the sulphur content at 0.50% m/m..
IMO has advised several methods through which ships can meet lower sulphur emission standards, which obviously comes at a cost.. Read and share your comments on how these new costs may affect you..
Albeit a bit slow compared to other industries, the shipping industry continues to innovate and try to better the environmental impact on the business worldwide.. Maritime transport reportedly has the lowest carbon emission per ton of goods carried over a kilometer when compared to other modes of transport..
But now a new initiative is reported to have successfully used VEGETABLE OIL instead of conventional bunker fuel to power a ship, offsetting over 40 tons of CO2 emissions while also significantly reducing other local emissions like sulphur, soot and black carbon..