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The supply and use of 0.50% sulphur marine fuel, Joint Industry Guidance


Year: 2019
Language: english
Author: Joint Industry Project sponsors
Genre: Guide
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 64
Description: In October 2016, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) confirmed a global limit for
sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships of 0.50% m/m (mass by mass) to become effective on
1 January 2020. Alternatively, ships may continue to use fuels with a higher sulphur content when
using an equivalent method of compliance such as an exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS). The
implementation of this regulation by the IMO will have far-reaching implications throughout the
marine fuel supply chain, from refining, through distribution, bunkering, handling and storage on
board the ship, through to final use in boilers or in marine diesel engines for propulsion.
This document is designed to provide guidance for use across the marine fuels and shipping
industries, from fuel blenders and suppliers to end users. It provides a background to the
MARPOL Annex VI regulation as it affects the change to a new marine fuel regime; i.e. it presents
the specific issues relating to the introduction and use of max. 0.50%-sulphur fuels, an overview
of fuel quality principles, and the controls that should be put in place to ensure fuel quality and
fitness for safe usage. It addresses issues such as fuel compatibility, fuel stability, and fuel
handling and storage, and contains a comprehensive review of existing operational factors that
can affect safety. It does not discuss compliance with Flag State, Port State or IMO rules or
guidelines, or alternative means of compliance (e.g. EGCS, as mentioned above), and does not
include a discussion of other fuels, e.g. liquefied natural gas, hydrogen, methanol, etc.

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