The industry giant
A.P.Moller-Maersk turns an industry challenge—the upcoming 2020 sulphur
The company has teamed up with Royal Vopak, an
independent tank storage operator, on a project aimed at launching 0.5 percent
sulphur fuel bunkering facility in Rotterdam.
“We trust that this
initiative will put to rest some of the concerns the industry has on fuel
availability as well as secure our continued competitiveness in the market,” says Niels Henrik Lindegaard, Head of Maersk Oil
Trading, a division of A.P. Moller – Maersk.
Under the project, Maersk
will be able to supply its ships with compliant fuel at Vopak’s modified
facilities in the heart of the Port of Rotterdam, Vopak Terminal
The shipping and
logistics company said that the facility allows Maersk “safely
blending, storing and handling different fuel types to ensure full compliance
with the 0,5% sulphur cap.”
“With A.P. Moller –
Maersk as an anchor customer, Vopak demonstrates the focus to position itself
in the 0,5% sulphur fuels bunker market. We are dedicated to serve our
customers to comply with the IMO 2020 regulations in the key global bunker hubs
around the world,” says Hari
Dattatreya, Global Oil Director Royal Vopak.
The deal is being
announced on the back of numerous doubts being raised about the challenges and
availability of compliant fuel once the 2020 sulphur cap enters into force.
What is more, the
bunkering industry has been under a lot of spotlight due to the recent
technical issues caused by contaminated fuel supply that have affected dozens of ships.
Contaminated fuel can
lead to engine failures and associated losses of propulsion, placing the safety
of the affected ship and crew at risk.