MARPOL 2020 fuel options challenges

On January 1st, 2020, the International Marine Organization’s (IMO) regulations will limit the sulfur content in fuel oil used on ships from 3.5% to 0.5% m/m worldwide according to the MARPOL 2020 Convention. This will drastically create a massive demand for low sulfur fuels.

There are several fuel options to stay in compliance with the IMO 2020 regulations: VLSFO, LNG, HSFO and MGO. Marine Gas Oil (MGO), will most likely account for the majority of the marine fuel use since it’s already widely available, operationally tested and it requires no investment or new operating procedures.


Switching to Marine Gas Oil (MGO) requires careful consideration of viscosity, cold flow properties, flash point, FAME content, as well as sulfur, particularly in extreme temperatures.

Blending bunkers from different suppliers can result in fuel instability and incompatibility.


PAC offers the following marine fuel solutions for vessel owners, ports and contract labs which will be some of the most affected by the sulphur regulations in 2020. Click here to download the brochure.

MFA Marine Fuel Analyzer

Stay compliant with IMO 2020 regulations

OptiFlash Small Scale

Accurate Flash Point Determination for Low Volume Samples

OptiFuel FTIR 

Precision and portability in a top of the line FTIR Fuel Analyzer

Phase WAT 70Xi

Measure Wax Appearance Test (WAT) and Wax Disappearance Test (WDT) with the WAT-70Xi

MCRT 160

ASTM D4530 Carbon Residue Testing

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