Indonesia will not introduce global sulphur cap on January 1

The global sulphur cap will not come into play in Indonesian waters on January 1 as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has mandated.

The transport ministry said yesterday that due to local energy firm Pertamina’s abundant stocks of 3.5% sulphur content fuel, all Indonesian-flagged vessels in local waters will continue to be able to use this fuel until supplies run out.

On Monday the ministry issued a statement saying the government will comply with the rule but Indonesia “requires time to adjust” and the “national interest should be put forward before the implementation” in January 2020.

It remains unclear how many months behind the rest of the world Indonesia will be in bringing the sulphur cap into force.

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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