From 2020, regu­la­ti­on for sulp­hur con­tent in fuel oil will be tigh­ten­ed by MARPOL 2020 Glo­bal Sulp­hur Limit to redu­ce the amount of sulp­hur oxi­de emit­ting from ships.

IMO – the Inter­na­tio­nal Mari­ti­me Orga­niza­ti­on – is the United Nati­ons spe­cia­li­zed agen­cy with respon­si­bi­li­ty for the safe­ty and secu­ri­ty of ship­ping and the pre­ven­ti­on of mari­ne and atmo­sphe­ric pol­lu­ti­on by ships. IMO has set a glo­bal limit for sulp­hur in fuel oil used on board ships of 0.5%, which will take effect from 1 Janu­ary 2020. The cur­rent glo­bal limit for sulp­hur con­tent in fuel oil is 3.5%.

Shipow­ners are forced to find alter­na­ti­ve solu­ti­ons to high sulp­hur fuels. New regu­la­ti­ons dis­rupt the resi­du­al oil mar­kets & pricing.

Some of the Car­bon Black Oils (CBO) might be used as fuel oil for ships. Ethy­le­ne tar and anthr­a­ce­ne oil could be more attrac­ti­ve CBO.

The main ques­ti­on is: how will the car­bon black feedstock mar­ket be effec­ted, after it has alre­a­dy been very vola­ti­le in the last years?

It is dif­fi­cult to pre­dict the exact con­se­quen­ces of MARPOL 2020 but Car­bon Black manu­fac­tu­r­ers are con­cer­ned about the future avai­la­bi­li­ty and the cos­ts of supply.


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