Column: Sulfur standard aims to curtail maritime fuel oil
Last updated 1/8/2020 at 5:07pm
With the new decade comes an international air pollution regulation which hastens the switch from high sulfur fuel oil to either diesel or LNG in ocean-going ships.
The mandate drops the sulfur content from 3.5 to .5%. While that number sounds trivial, it is applied to 62,000 vessels worldwide.
Ship owners and environmental regulators battled over the sulfur limit for years; however, starting on January 1, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) implemented it as promised. It has a dramatic impact on shippers and consumers.
Oil refineries are not configured to process the high sulfur...