New fuel regulations increase pressure on energy efficiency
With effect from 1 January 2020, a new cap of 0.5% m/m on the sulphur content of fuel oil used onboard ships will come into force. This has been set by the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) and compares to the existing limit of 3.5%. The only exceptions are the four internationally designated Emission Control Areas (ECAs), where it will remain at 0.10%. These include the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, designated coastal areas off the United States and Canada, and the area of the Caribbean Sea around Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.