What happens if the required fuel oil is not available at the intended bunkering port?

It is likely that supplies of high sulphur fuel oil will decrease after 1 January 2020 in response to reduced demand and may not be available at every bunker port. MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 18.2 states that ships are not required to deviate from their intended voyage or delay unduly in order to achieve MARPOL Annex VI compliance.

If owners cannot source high sulphur fuel oil for use with the scrubber, they will need to stem low sulphur fuel oil at their cost.

Owners should review the deviation provisions in their charter parties and check with their P&I insurers that this deviation will not prejudice their P&I cover.




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