BAF calculator may help ease uncertainty over looming IMO 2020 fuel rule

With the deadline looming for the new IMO regulations reducing vessel sulphur dioxide emissions, new research suggests that fuel costs for shippers on the Asia-Europe trades could rise as much as 50%.

The International Maritime Organization’s sulphur regulations will come into force on 1 January and see the sulphur content of ship fuel reduced to 0.5%.

It will force ship operators to choose between using more refined marine gas oil (MGO) instead of heavy fuel oil (HFO), or continue using HFO but put the engine emissions through a “scrubber” system that cleans it of the sulphur.

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