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2020 global sulphur challenge: Implementation and Enforcement

  • Hilton Hotel, Copenhagen Airport 20 Ellehammersvej Kastrup, 2770 Denmark (map)

The new 0.5 % sulphur limit enters into force in 2020. Next step is to ensure a successful implementation and enforcement of the sulphur limit to assure that shipowners can pass on all extra costs to cargo owners making shipping a cleaner business and maintaining fair competition. The conference will discuss key questions in relation to the 2020 global sulphur challenge.


  • Welcome
    Kåre Press-Kristensen, Senior advisor, Danish Ecological Council.

  • Keynote – the road leading to the global cap and IMO’s role moving forward.
    Edmund Hughes, Head of Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency, IMO.

  • What is the legal framework for enforcement and sanctioning outside the nations’ territorial limits? How does remote monitoring fit into the legal framework?
    Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Secretary General, BIMCO.

  • How far out to sea can – and will – EU enforce? What’s the ESSF new Subgroup on Air Emissions putting in the EU enforcement toolbox? Will EU cooperate with other regions or countries (USA)? What are the learnings from the EU SECA?
    Rosa Antidormi, DG Environment, European Commission (tbc).

  • How will DK cooperate with the rest of the world on enforcing the Global Cap? How will DMA/DEPA react if a Danish ship is reported being believed to be non-compliant while crossing the Pacific?
    Danish Environmental Protection Agency / Danish Maritime Authority.

  • How is the refining industry responding to the IMO decision? Are marine distillate fuels good business for the refineries? Or will the 0.5 % S fuel be met by fuels not produced today?
    Rob Cox, Program Manager, IPIECA

  • How to replace 200 M tonnes of Heavy Fuel Oil overnight? Will the transition from HFO to 0.5 % S fuel be the largest challenge facing owners and refiners in 2020? Which mechanisms can be applied to avoid disruption of world trade?
    Robin Meech, Marine and Energy Consulting Limited, IBIA.

  • MARPOL Annex VI and the EU Sulphur Directive – are they means to an end? How long before we will see proposals for tightening regulations? 
    Bill Hemmings, Director, Aviation and Shipping, Transport & Environment.

  • Panel discussion: Self-regulation? Are owners prepared to install monitoring equipment if it will prevent their ships from Port State Control? Danish Shipowners’ Association, German Shipowners‘ Association, Trident Alliance, Danish Environmental Protection Agency, Danish Maritime Authority, the European
    Commission (tbc), BIMCO, Danfoss IXA and Transport & Environment.

  • Summing up
    Niels Bjørn Mortensen, Master Mariner & Naval Architect.

  • Drinks, snacks and networking

Registration: For registration please write to Kåre Press-Kristensen  (registration is binding). 

Price: Early birds: 490 euro (before Feb. 13th). Later registration 550 euro. Price includes a significant discount if you book rooms at Hotel Hilton.

Earlier Event: March 16
Blue Event - Business in the Deep Sea
Later Event: March 22
Protectionism and sanctions