IMO rules in favour of 0.5% sulphur cap by 2020

The delegates at the IMO have thrashed out a deal to put a cap on sulphur emissions of 0.5% to be implemented by 2020 in a ruling that has massive ramifications for the global fleet.

The ruling surprised many as debate earlier in the week at MEPC70 had dragged on.

The decision on sulphur however came within three hours of debate this afternoon.

The IMO is set to release further details on the ruling shortly.

The news was greeted by delegates attending the Danish Maritime Forum in Copenhagen with a spontaneous round of applause.

On hearing the news, Maersk Group tweeted: “Global regulations will help create a level playing field for the shipping industry”.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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