|Global sulphur levels for residual fuels rose to six-year high in 2017: MEPC|
|Average annual sulphur content increased to its highest level since 2011, according to data.
|Fuel oil samples inspected for sediment and water in the oil lab aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, on March 13, 2017. Image credit: US Navy Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0|
|Updated on 16 Apr 2018 10:28 GMT
|The International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), at its 72nd session held in London last week, noted that both the annual and three-year global average sulphur content for tested residual fuels was higher in 2017 compared to the previous year.
The data showed that annual sulphur levels had risen from 2.58% to 2.60% between 2016 and 2017 - the highest since 2011, whilst the three-year average rolling figure increased from 2.50% to 2.54% - a five-year high.
A summary of the findings has been provided below.
As Bunker Index previously reported back in February, Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) said it had seen a 33% increase in bunker alerts related to residual fuels last year, compared to 2016.
Overall, in 2017, the company issued the highest number of bunker alerts since the peak of 2014.