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Japan: Authorities start domestic trials of 0.5% sulphur fuel oil

09 Jul 2019

The Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) on Sunday (7 July) said it has started fuel switching trials for the consumption of 0.5% sulphur fuel oil in preparation for IMO 2020.

The approximately four-week long trial, which started on 27 June, involves a total of four steel carriers and cement carriers.

The routes for each vessel, which will switch fuel to compliant bunkers while sailing in open seas, is as follows:

[1] Tokyo Bay-Pacific-Hanshin-Setouchi
[2] Tokyo Bay-Pacific-Hanshin-Eastern Kyushu 
[3] Tokyo Bay-Pacific-Hanshin-Northern Kyushu
[4] Tokyo Bay-Pacific-Ise Bay-Hanshin-Eastern Kyushu 

“We conducted a smooth switching operation to on-board regulated oil on the four vessels that conducted the trial as the first project, and confirmed that we could operate normally without any problems,” stated MLIT.

“We operated on the route including the Seto Inland Sea. As a result, we were able to switch fuel and operate on any of the vessels without problems.”

Photo credit: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism 
Published: 9 July, 2019


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