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South Korea tightens marine fuel legislation

From the start of September, South Korea will demand vessels berthing and anchoring at its major ports such as Incheon, Yeosu, Busan and Ulsan, to burn bunker fuel with a sulphur content no higher than 0.1%. This will eventually be expanded in 2022 as South Korea will become an emission control area which will require all vessels travelling in its territorial to burn 0.1%.

Alphatanker, part of AXS Marine, is reporting the country’s largest refiner – SK Innovation – is due to commission a 40,000 barrels per day desulfurization unit over the next few months which will be capable of producing low sulphur marine fuels.

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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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