WWL is discussing various solutions with its customers, because, eventually, the users of the marine transport systems will have to bear the extra costs.
As the maritime industry prepares to face stricter sulphur regulations, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics’ CEO, Arild B. Iversen, calls on the RoRo industry to join forces to find a cost effective solution to compliance.
The bi-annual RoRo conference and exhibition returned to Gothenburg in May, one of the largest gatherings of industry professionals. WWL exhibited and as a keynote speaker Arild B. Iversen took the opportunity to launch WWL’s new Desulphurized Bunker Oil initiative.
On 1 August, a new Emission Control Area (ECA) will require vessels operating off the coast of North America to use fuel with a sulphur content of only one per cent. Furthermore, as the EU finalises its own Sulphur Directive, even stricter rules will come into place in 2015.
Compliance will be costly, and Arild Iversen outlined how WWL is preparing for the challenge.
“At WWL, we’re ready and willing to contribute,” he said.
“WWL is discussing various solutions with its customers, because, eventually, the users of the marine transport systems will have to bear the extra costs. We are exploring several different options in order to find the most cost-efficient solution to comply with the regulations.
“We’re strong believers in the need for Desulphurized Bunker Oil (DBO) and have initiated a dialogue with other shipping companies to form a group of like-minded industry players to seek solutions for compliant low-sulphur residual fuels. The more we are the bigger our impact; welcome to join us.” he concluded.DBO is an upstream solution that takes care of the sulphur at the source, where it is more easily controlled and solutions exist for taking care of the sulphur bi-product. Today, methods to create DBO exist, but there is resistance from the refinery industry to develop this bunker oil, with refinery investment costs being the major hurdle.