Freshly-minted ocean carrier ONE says it has identified using
low sulphur Hybrid oil as the best solution for complying with the upcoming
2020 global sulphur limit for bunker fuel.
ONE Line, which launched in April following the combination of
Japanese container lines NYK, MOL, and K-Line, revealed details of its 2020
plan this week after reviewing options, namely low sulphur fuel, scrubbers, or
After review, the carrier said low sulphur hybrid oil represents
the most realistic and cost efficient solution to ensuring its vessels comply
with the upcoming global regulations. While it continues to review the
installation of scrubbers and use of LNG fuel, 2020 compliant hybrid fuel was
deemed the best option at the moment.
From January 1, 2020, global regulations set forth by the
International Maritime Organizations will limit sulphur content in fuel oil
burned by ships to less than 0.5%, a drastic reduction compared to the current
global limit for sulphur content limit of 3.5%.
“We, Ocean Network Express (ONE), are fully aware of the
environmental impact by our ships’ emission, and with commitment to our
sustainable business model, we are well prepared and ready to comply with this
regulation. We have launched a cross-functional task force to evaluate from technical
aspect and established ONE’s stance on 2020 Global Sulphur Limit. Several
options have been researched to identify the possible best and most
cost-efficient method to comply with the regulation,” ONE said in a statement.
“ONE’s container vessels are equipped to adopt
low-sulphur compliant hybrid oil without requiring special modification. At
current, we identified this as one of the most realistic and cost-efficient
solutions, to enable ONE to be compliant ready by 1 January 2020. We are in
discussion with bunker suppliers for specifications,” ONE added.