Indonesia gets back in line with sulphur cap introduction

Indonesia’s Ministry of Transportation has reversed its decision to delay the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) low sulphur fuel regulations, and has now said its domestic fleet must be ready for the January 1 start of the sulphur cap.

In July, the ministry caused uproar when it said domestic vessels would be allowed to continue to burn heavy fuel oil (HFO) within local waters beyond January 1 next year in order to get through existing stockpiles of high sulphur content fuel.

Since then, however, Jakarta has had a change of heart, much to the relief of top brass at the London headquarters of IMO.

According to the ministry, Indonesia’s state-run energy firm Pertamina will produce 380,000 kilolitres of low sulphur fuel each year and the company will set up sales for low sulphur fuel in Jakarta’s main port and from a floating storage off Balikpapan in East Kalimantan province.


Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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