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In 2012 the worldwide sulphur cap limit of 3.5% was introduced.
At the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70) meeting, held in October 2016, it was agreed that a 0.50% global sulphur cap on marine fuel oil will be implemented beginning January 2020.
This means that all vessels operating outside existing SOx Emission Control Areas (ECAs) must use fuel oil with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5%, while vessels operating within SOx ECAs will be restricted to a maximum sulphur content of 0.10%.
Ships may also meet the SOx emission requirements by using approved equivalent methods, such as exhaust gas cleaning systems, which “clean” the emissions before they are released into the atmosphere.
Learn more about how WinGD engines are compliant with Sulphur Cap 2020.