ONE opts for low sulphur fuel

Japanese container shipping line Ocean Network Express (ONE) has announced that it considers low sulphur fuel oil as the most viable option for the compliance with the IMO sulphur cap from January 2020, after a comprehensive study of all the popular options.

“Hybrid oil is one of the compliant oils. ONE’s container vessels are equipped to adopt low-sulphur compliant hybrid oil without requiring special modification. At current, we identified this as one of the most realistic and cost-ecient solutions, to enable ONE to be compliant ready by 1 January 2020. We are in discussion with bunker suppliers for specifications,” the company said in a release.

However, ONE noted that there are several existing ONE vessels that can be installed with scrubber systems for a later phase.

“As building of new vessel with scrubber may take 2 – 3 years upon order confirmation, this approach will not be in time for ONE to be compliant by January 2020. However, we will consider this approach for possible next phase. ONE is also evaluating to charter vessels with scrubber system to expand the number of compliant vessels in the fleet,” the company said.

ONE also believes the approach of adopting LNG-powered engines would not be able to be adopted in time for the company to be compliant by January 2020.

According to ONE, the company will start complying with the regulation before the effective date kicks in as it takes several months to transit from non-compliant fuel.

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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