Challenges for operation on Sulphur Cap 2020 Compliant Fuels

Exhaust Gas cleaning is an effective and mature industrial technology with more than 20 scrubbers manufacturers in the business. The decision to install scrubbers’ today will come with a fancy price tag but it will also mean lower cost of compliance when the limit is enforced. However, amidst of all uncertainties, many shipowners are considering meeting the regulations with the compliant fuel. This choice is associated with lower investment cost but has some technical and commercial challenges to make it a viable long term solution. The existing Fuel Oil System needs to be upgraded to handle low viscous compliant oil with some factors of redundancy to store different grade of oils as the fuel market, at the time of writing this, is expected to be very uncertain post implementation. 

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A pragmatic approach to Sulfur Cap 2020

Albion Marine is busy assisting Shipowners to prepare for a coming Sulfur Cap 2020 legislation.

Compliance is a major concern.

Source MAREX 2018-06-18 16:08:03

On Monday, the shipping industry's major trade associations issued a statement calling on IMO to finalize details of the 2020 sulfur cap rollout, and they suggested that port states should take a pragmatic approach to enforcement.

The associations - including BIMCO, ICS, Intercargo, Intertanko and WSC - asked IMO member states to consider suggestions on:

  • a "practical and pragmatic approach" from IMO member states when verifying compliance with the 0.50 percent global sulfur cap;
  • safety implications associated with 2020 fuels and their respective challenges;
  • a draft standard for reporting on fuel oil non-availability;
  • proposals for amendments to MARPOL Annex VI to require sampling points for fuel oil; and
  • verification issues, control mechanism and actions. 

Visit us at Mari-Tech 2018, Canada

Albion Marine exhibit at Mari-Tech 2018, Canada. Mari-Tech is the annual conference of the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering (CIMarE). Held annually since 1976, this premier, national event is the only one of its kind in Canada. It is a great opportunity to learn about the latest developments, touch and feel the most modern technologies, and network among highly talented peers.

Visit us at booth T18. Victoria, April 18-20th.

Albion Marine will participate in Sulphur Cap 2020 Conference 17-18 April 2018, Amsterdam

Fuel is the lifeblood of the shipping industry and is fundamental to almost every aspect of propulsion. So, when there is a change to the fuels picture, it has a knock-on effect for all other aspects of operation. From 1 January 2020, shipping will see huge changes in its use of fuel, as the Global Sulphur Cap comes into force, dictating the use of compliant fuel or abatement technologies.

With the deadline approaching fast, this issue is dominating discussion in the industry and this is why the Sulphur Cap 2020 Conference in Amsterdam will reflect this by taking the Global Sulphur Cap as its theme, examining all the key issues facing shipping through the lens of the Sulphur Cap.'

Issues addressed will include: 

  • What is the right fuel choice?
  • What role can enginebuilders play in aiding compliance and how are their designs and plans affected by the cap?
  • What are the technological problems posed by new fuels?
  • Will there be sufficient compliant fuel available?
  • Will fuel quality be maintained?
  • Are scrubbers an efficient and cost-effective solution?
  • How is lube choice affected by the cap?
  • Will we see large-scale adoption of LNG post-2020
  • How will shipowners' operations and bottom lines be affected?

Albion Marine will participate in the consultation workshops by Government of Canada

Albion Marine is looking forward to boosting our already impressive portfolio of perfectly executed projects for the Government of Canada.

Albion Marine will attend regional Maritime Industry Workshops for consultation with Public Service and Procurement Canada's (PSPC).

Marine Services and Small Vessel Sector (MSSVS) has established the Marine Procurement Modernization Working Group, with members from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and Department of National Defence (DND).


The working group is engaging with the Marine Industry and interested stakeholders to better understand industry challenges and best practices to identify solutions that benefit both Industry and Government.

 Workshops will be held in Victoria, BC.

  • April 4, 2018 - Day 1: Sustainment workshop
  • April 5, 2018 - Day 2: Small Vessel Construction workshop