Icelandic fuel supplier N1 is working to reduce the sulphur content of fuel supplied to commercial vessels and will no longer be supplying Marine Diesel Oil (MDO) as of 1st January 2019.
‘In recent years N1 has been focusing increasingly on environmental concerns and as part of the company’s responsibilities to the community we have searched out ways to be greener and better for the environment,’ said the company’s managing director Hinrik Örn Bjarnason.
MDO has been used to power larger fishing vessels that are not using heavy fuel, but MDO has a sulphur content of up to 0.25%.
According to Hinrik Örn Bjarnason, the company henceforth will supply fuel with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.1%. This move comes a year ahead of IMO 2020 coming into force on 1st January 2020, Currently sulphur levels up to 3.50% are acceptable, but this will be reduced to a 0.50% limit in 2020.
‘This a never-ending task, but we make every effort to minimise the footprint of the products we sell. The changes in fuel are an example of this,’ he said.