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    Singapore’s gas carrier owner BW LPG Limited has signed a debt facility agreement of USD 290 million for the refinancing of six 2016 built ex-Aurora ships. With this move, the ex-Aurora fleet is fully refinanced “at similar competitive terms and structure as the rest of the BW LPG fleet,” according to the company. “This financing exemplifies […] […]
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Bridging the gap of knowledge among ECA shipowners

14 Nov 2011

According to a poll we conducted with shipowners in Northern Europe, almost half of respondents feel there are discrepancies between EU Directives and IMO regulations on sulphur standards in Emission Control Areas for 2015.  At the same time, a large majority of these same respondents feel they fully understand the EU Directives.

This shows a clear gap of knowledge among shipowners in regards to sulphur standards set by the EU.  Recent communication from the European Union has been pretty clear that standards from the two institutions will be harmonized:

“In October 2008, MARPOL Annex VI was amended, introducing requirements for lower sulphur fuels globally, but also more stringent limits in the Emission Control Areas (ECAs).  In order to ensure regulatory consistency, the relevant EU legislation will be aligned with the latest IMO requirements.”

This confusion, complemented with a lack of knowledge on scrubber technologies, LNG infrastructure, and available financial channels, is one of the center points of the upcoming MARPOL Annex VI Summit.  Our aim is to provide a neutral platform for shipowners and all stakeholders involved with Sulphur standards in ECA to help the shipping industry face a tough transitional period.

Link to European Commission Staff Working Paper:


Thomas Igou, Project Manager, MARPOL Annex VI Summit