October 2014

Trends and Resources

HP Industry Perspectives: More waves for marine fuels

The outlook for heavy fuel oil is not optimistic. New fuel specifications for marine bunker fuels under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex VI regula..

The outlook for heavy fuel oil is not optimistic. New fuel specifications for marine bunker fuels under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex VI regulations will begin in January 2015. MARPOL began in 1973 as a means to reduce pollution within the international shipping industry. In 1997, MARPOL shifted its enforcement emphasis to regulating air pollutants from vessels. Maritime companies have been informed about the new requirements regarding the fuels for some time. Even less sulfur in fuels The amount of sulfur (S) allowed in bunker (marine) fuels has been decreasing. Before 2012, marine fuels could contain 4.5% S in fuels used outside

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