Author: Josh Lowell

Beyond 2020: May 2019

The marine sulfur cap could devastate Russian refining margins come 2020, crippling balance sheets for those operators who missed the boat on the upgrade investment window.

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Container Lines Prepare for 2020

Major container lines are facing higher costs due to an increase in expected bunker fuel prices from IMO 2020. To cover their costs, container lines are proposing Bunker Adjustment Factors (BAFs). BAFs are tariffs added to base freight rates that take into account changes in fuel prices, the major component of operating costs.

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The LSFO Terror

LSFO in particular has been of interest from the bunker industry due to its status as a relatively new marine fuel. In a recent blog post, I highlighted issues surrounding several US patents that concern the blending of hydrocarbons to create IMO-compliant LSFO. In this post, I take a look at another concern with LSFO: Compatibility.

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