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Accepting the inevitable on sulphur

International Chamber of Shipping agrees that global 0.5 per cent sulphur in fuel cap is more likely to be implemented from 2020, rather than 2025

SOMETIMES there comes a point in a battle where it becomes blindingly obvious you are not going to win. That was the position shipowners group International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has found itself in. The issue was when should an already agreed global 0.5 per cent sulphur in fuel cap come into effect everywhere outside IMO-designated Emissions Control Areas (ECAs). Within ECAs an even stricter 0.1 per cent limit already applies.

Last week, ICS issued a statement saying it had agreed that the shipping and bunker refining industries "should work to the possibility" that the cap, required by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), is "more likely to be implemented worldwide from 2020,...

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