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New shipping rules are on the horizon. Is your supply chain ready?



On Jan. 1, the new International Maritime Organization regulation for reducing the sulfur content of marine fuels from 3.5 percent to 0.5 percent will take effect. With the change comes the need for inspections and enforcement to give the new rule “teeth” and force compliance.

IMO 2020 stipulates that oceangoing vessels must use either cleaner bunker fuel, install on-board gas stack scrubbers to clean the higher sulfur fuel or switch to an alternative marine fuel such as liquefied petroleum gas, liquid natural gas or methanol.

In early 2018 when it

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