Trump moves to ease sulphur cap implementation date

President Donald Trump is reportedly looking to ease the phase-in of the IMO-mandated sulphur cap, worried that the global launch date could spark oil price hikes during an election cycle.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Trump administration is looking to get the IMO ruling phased in over fears oil prices could spike above $100 a barrel in a presidential election year.

A spokesman stressed the White House is not seeking to withdraw from the agreement. Instead, the shipping and energy markets may face less disruption if the rules were phased in in the name of “experience building,” he said.

Such a move is necessary to “mitigate the impact of precipitous fuel-cost increases on consumers,” the White House said in an email to The Wall Street Journal. “The administration wants to ensure that IMO 2020 occurs in a manner that is not harmful to consumers and the global economy.”

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.


  1. Gee – thats funny? Didn’t Canada and RMI just sponsor a submission requesting that at MEPC73

  2. nope, sorry – that was MEPC72. 73 is Bahamas. Liberia, RMI,Panama, BIMCO et al. And ‘experience building’ turns up in the language of the Greek Ship Owners. Coincidence probably.

  3. Wonder how long the line of potential law suits from people who have Already invested in scrubbers and Bunker contracts.
    The sulphur cap will stand.

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