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LR introduces sulphur strategy evaluator

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has launched its Sulphur 2020 – Options Evaluator system, used to identify appropriate strategies for compliance with the global sulphur in fuel oil limit of 0.50 per cent m/m (mass by mass), which comes into effect on 1 January 2020.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The Options Evaluator aims to explore the potential cost and investment implications for various compliance options, such as transition from fuel oil to MGO, use of scrubbers and HSFO, or use of other compliant fuels such as LNG or Methanol.

The optimum strategy depends on a range of factors, such as trading patterns, distance travelled, speed, size and type of vessels. The new system evaluates the options available by reviewing emissions output and comparing the different CapEx and OpEx implications.

“2020 is around the corner and to date it appears most operators will transition from fuel oil to gas oil operations to meet the global sulphur in fuel oil limit,” said LR’s Douglas Raitt, regional consultancy manager Asia.

“Scrubber uptake or LNG and Methanol as a marine fuel are slowly evolving, perhaps as a function of a ‘wait and see’ approach by the shipping industry. We developed the options evaluator to give some guidance to operators who have not yet fully considered their options to 2020 compliance.”{/mprestriction}

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