MARPOL 2020 IMO 2020 fuel options challenges

The International Marine Organization’s sulfur content regulations (IMO 2020) mandate that the fuel used on ships around the globe needs to have less than 0.5% m/m of sulfur. The marine sector will have to reduce sulphur emissions by over 80%.

There are several options to stay in compliance: VLSFO, LNG, HSFO and MGO. Marine Gas Oil, will most likely be the most frequently used since it’s already widely available, operationally tested and it requires no investment or new operating procedures.


Switching to MGO requires careful consideration of viscosity, cold flow properties, flash point, FAME content, and 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 are the most affected by the IMO 2020 sulphur regulations. Click here to download the brochure.

MFA Marine Fuel Analyzer

Stay compliant with IMO 2020 regulations

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

OptiFlash Pensky Matens

Determine flash point of petroleum products with the Pensky Martens method

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