Intercargo raises sulphur cap safety concerns

With the global sulphur cap just 163 days away, international dry bulk shipping association Intercargo has voiced its concern over the global availability of safe compliant fuels.

“It is extremely worrying that compliant fuels have so far been made available only in a limited number of ports and under unfavourable terms for voluntary early testing by ships, as Charterers/Operators are not currently obliged to purchase future compliant fuel,” Intercargo stated in a release.

The practical testing of new fuels and crew training, which is only possible under real conditions aboard ships, has been very limited and pushed to the end of year, which Intercargo warned creates significant safety implications for the operation of ships.

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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