International Chamber of Shipping - Provisional Guidance on compliance with the 2020 'Global Sulphur Cap'

From 1 January 2020, in accordance with MARPOL Annex VI1, the sulphur content of fuel oil used on board commercial ships trading outside sulphur Emission Control Areas (ECAs)2 must not exceed 0.50% m/m. 

The 0.50% sulphur limit is a significant reduction from the current global limit of 3.50% m/m which has been in place since 2012. The worldwide implementation of this important new International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirement - referred to in this Guidance as the 'Global Sulphur Cap' - therefore represents a regulatory game changer.  

for this reason, The International Chamber of Shipping have produced a guide aimed at Shipping Companies and Crews on preparing for compliance with this 2020 'Global Sulphur Cap'.

A full copy of this guide is available to download as a PDF above.


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