A new joint study seeks to use satellite images to detect the emission of sulphur (SOX) and nitrogen dioxide (NOX) from sea-going vessels. The study is being conducted by the Dutch Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) and the universities of Leiden and...
The Chinese authorities have recently caught two ships running on fuel with excessive sulphur content. As far as is known, these are the first officially reported sulphur cap offenders. Maritime insurer The Standard Club reports that one of the ships got caught during...
Certain cylinder oils may not protect ship engines from the variable fuel characteristics of very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO). Shipowners should therefore use lubricants specifically formulated for this type of fuel. This follows from a whitepaper by global additive...
With IMO 2020 now in effect, fuel prices for low sulphur fuel have soared, shooting up almost fifty per cent in major bunker ports like Singapore. Prices for heavy fuel oil, on the other hand, have remained fairly stable and companies that have invested in scrubbers...
Now that the new sulphur directive has been in force for several days, it appears that a number of low sulphur fuel blends in Singapore, Houston and Antwerp can cause damage to ship engines. AmSpec Services and Lloyd’s Register concluded this after testing...
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