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The bunker session at the forthcoming Connecticut Maritime Association conference, to be held on Wednesday 14 March 2018 at the Hilton Stamford, Connecticut, will examine the key issues raised by the imminent imposition of the global 0.5% sulphur cap and shed some light on the options for bunkering and shipping.
In less than two years, the International Maritime Organization’s global 0.50% sulphur cap kicks in and the bunker industry will change dramatically, forever. But as the months fly by and 1 January 2020 draws closer, there still seem to be many more questions than answers about every aspect of the switch – from fuel types and availability to blending and compatibility, from compliance and fines to alternative fuels and onboard training.
Whichever way you look at it, the IMO’s decision will have a huge impact on refiners, suppliers, shipowners and charterers, barge and storage companies, fuel testers, regulators and, of course, lawyers. But while some have already decided on which type of fuel to produce, supply or burn, or which compliance option they will opt for, a surprisingly large number of others have still to make up their minds or else are sitting in wait until the dust settles.
This special bunker session will examine the key issues raised by the imminent imposition of the global sulphur cap and shed some light on the options for bunkering and shipping.
Session Chairman: Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes, Managing Director, Petrospot Ltd
Where it all began: what is really happening inside the IMO?
Unni Einemo, International Bunker Industry Association representative at the IMO
This presentation will look at how the IMO, after taking the momentous decision to bring in the global 0.50% sulphur limit in 2020, is working on a plan to ensure consistent implementation. There are many uncertainties about the impact the regulation will have which the IMO will try to address.
The technological challenges of desulphurising liquid high sulphur fuels
Dr Vis, Founder, Viswa Lab
This session will look at the technical difficulties involved in removing sulphur from fuel oil with the aim of determining if desulphurisation is a viable option to meet the incoming IMO limit.
2020: De-bunkering the myths
Michael Green, Global Technical Manager – Bunker Fuel Testing, Intertek ShipCare Services
This presentation will look at the popular misconceptions of compliance versus the reality and will also examine the practical issues surrounding compliance.
Coffee Break
Fuel quality management: Which fuel to choose?
Steve Bee, Group Commercial Director, Veritas Petroleum Services
This presentation will look at the cause and effects of changing fuel types and grades. It will examine the pros and cons of various fuels, covering residual fuel, distillates, ULSFOs, LNG and methanol.
The operational differences between the implementation of ECAs in 2015 and the global cap in 2020
John Stirling, Marine Technical Quality Manager, World Fuel Services
This presentation will focus on onboard operational challenges, fuel segregation and the impact on storage, cleaning, settling and service systems. How, wax, stability and compatibility issues can best be managed onboard and the impending need for additional onboard training.
2020: The commercial realities
Adrian Tolson, Senior Partner, 20|20 Marine Energy
This presentation will look at how bunker suppliers and buyers are preparing for 2020 and what impact it might have on the health, and wealth, of the market.
More information on CMA 2018 can be found here.
All enquiries about the bunker session at the event should be addressed to Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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