Singapore is one of the world’s leading ports and bunkering hubs; the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) recorded 4.005 million metric tonnes (MT) of marine fuel sales during October 2019. The port authority has announced several measures to prepare the port to be able to supply IMO 2020 compliant marine fuels to visiting vessels. Each year, more than 40,000 ships call at the city-state for refuelling each year.
At present, Maritime transport emits around 940 MT of CO2 annually and is responsible for about 2.5% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (3rd IMO GHG study). IMO 2020 is the introduction of new rules on marine fuels from 2020, limiting the sulphur content to 0.5 percent, from 3.5 percent currently, in order to cut air pollution produced from the world’s vessels.
In the response to the tougher emission standards being introduced by the IMO worldwide, the city state’s port authority has introduced a series of measures, to make the port, fuel suppliers and vessel operators ready for the 1st of January 2020, when the new sulphur cap regulations come into force.