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Smooth sailing or rough seas? Updated analysis of the IMO bunker sulphur changes

Smooth sailing or rough seas? Updated analysis of the IMO bunker sulphur changes

Report summary

The forthcoming change in IMO regulations on the quality of marine bunker fuel impacts the mix of fuel types consumed by the shipping sector in 2020. The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee met again in July 2017 (MEPC 71), but many uncertainties surrounding the implementation path for the legislation remain. This insight summarises our latest view, providing an update on the article published in early 2017. Our base-case assumptions on compliance, scrubber penetration and ULSFO availability remain largely unchanged. The insight provides our latest forecasts for bunker fuel prices and crude differentials consistent with our H1 2017 Brent price forecast and global refined product imbalances. We have added a forecast for the ULSFO crack spread in this latest edition. And we also provide new commentary on the risk of established bunkering hubs losing market share as the IMO regulations have implications for relative regional marine fuel pricing and supply.

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  • Smooth sailing or rough seas - data and charts.xls (1) XLS - 431.00 KB


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