Regulatory News

MARPOL Annex VI – Biofuels as Marine Fuels

With new regulations aimed at reducing air pollutants and greenhouse gases (GHGs), there is increased interest in alternative fuels. Zero and low carbon fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia, and biofuels with negligible sulfur can lower particulate matter (PM), gaseous and carbon emissions. Maintaining compliance with both class and statutory requirements will be important when developing an implementation plan for a vessel’s change-over to biofuels, with considerations including the flashpoint and blend specifications of the biofuel, as well as the performance parameters of internal combustion engines. 

This Regulatory News update summarizes the requirements that operators must consider in the transition to biofuels and provides information on the relevant standards for verifying compliance. To learn more, download the regulatory brief below.