The major bunkering UAE port of Fujairah has made 0.5% low sulphur bunker fuel available this month, well ahead of the IMO 2020 global fuel sulphur cap.
Port released a notice to mariners over the weekend that production and supply of the compliant fuel have begun in Fujairah: “We are pleased to inform the vessels calling Fujairah Offshore Anchorage Area and Port of Fujairah that Fujairah Refining Limited has started manufacturing and production of the first bunker fuel oil 0.5% sulphur which is ready for delivering in Fujairah,” the notice stated, signed off by harbour master Capt. Tamer Masoud.
But, from 1 January 2020 according to the IMO’s Marpol Annex VI regulation, all ocean-going ships will be required to burn bunker fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5%.
For comparison, the current limit is down of 3.5%.