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The new IMO 2020 regulations

What is IMO 2020?

With effect from January 1, 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has introduced a new fuel regulation that limits sulphur emissions to 0.5% in order to make shipping more environmentally friendly. Going forward, all seagoing vessels must reduce sulphur oxides by 85%.

Who is affected by this new regulation?

The IMO 2020 Emission Regulation means that ships must significantly reduce their emissions, both on the high seas and in coastal areas. This change affects the entire shipping industry.

Costs & Punishments

In order to comply with the new regulations, the industry will invest in low-sulphur fuels or in new technologies. In both cases, costs will increase as compliant fuels and investment in new technologies are expensive.

In Northern Europe, North America and parts of Asia it is mandatory to use an even cleaner fuel with a sulphur content of 0.1%. This special fuel is more expensive and will be charged separately. The remaining areas require a maximum sulphur content of 0.5%.

If the regulation is not implemented from January 1, 2020, fines, ship arrest or even imprisonment of the captain must be expected.

As of January 1, 2020, all seagoing vessels must comply without exception with the new rules, otherwise they will face punishments.

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