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IMO 2020: ClassNK develops support material to help shipowners

04 Apr 2019

Classification society ClassNK on Tuesday (2 April) says it has developed ‘Guidance for onboard use of Compliant Fuel Oil with SOx regulation from 2020’ and an implementation plan sample for switching to compliant fuel oil.

The developments will support the shipping industry in complying with the sulphur cap which will be enforced starting on 1 January 2020, requiring sulphur emission amounts to remain under 0.50%.

Compliant fuel oil is anticipated to include more low-sulphur blendstocks than ever before in addition to light distillates, says ClassNK.

As such, it has identified five properties of compliant fuel oil that should be taken into consideration with its use: Compatibility, Low viscosity, Cold flow properties, Cat-fines, and Ignition/Combustion quality.

A guidance which explains the basic characteristics of each property, and the potential safety implications associated with them has also been published; it is available to download free of charge via ClassNK’s website www.classnk.com for those who have registered for the ClassNK “My Page” service.

Additionally, the classification society has provided a sample entry of a “Ship Implementation Plan” that shows how ships can prepare for the 0.50% sulphur amounts from the regulation limit for interested clients.

More details on the above information can be found at the ClassNK URL: http://www.classnk.or.jp/hp/en/activities/statutory/soxpm/index.html

Photo credit: ClassNK
Published: 4 April, 2019


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