Wei Zhuang, BIMCO, on IMO 2020

Heard in the conference theatre at Breakbulk Asia 2019

IMO 2020 low-sulfur rules, effective Jan. 1, 2019, present breakbulk and multipurpose shipowners with “two critical issues they must address,” BIMCO’s Wei Zhuang told Breakbulk Asia delegates late Wednesday.

“First, how are you going to share ships costs or pass to the cargo owner? Secondly, from an operational perspective, you need to prepare for sourcing the new fuels so operations are smooth.

“Availability is a big question mark. If you look at the big ports, there are no problems at all. But for breakbulk, where you might be calling at small ports which have never used these fuels before, that will be the challenge.”