On 2 April, U.S. Coast Guard Admiral John Nadeau delivered the keynote address at the Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping Conference 2019. During his presentation, he addresses challenges for the maritime industry and the Coast Guard as it pertains to the 2020 Low Sulphur requirement. The U.S. is positioned to have ample quantity and quality of fuel since ECA requirements have been in place since 2015, which requires availability of 0.1% fuel.
Availability challenges will likely be expected outside of the U.S. as many maritime operators have employed a “wait and see” approach to planning for the forthcoming 2020 provisions Other notable issues mentioned in the keynote address were Cybersecurity and the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act.
More information about Admiral John Nadeau’s remarks at the conference can be found on the Coast Guard’s website.